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Showdown at Abilene (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 24 December 1956 (UK)
After the Civil War, Confederate Jim Trask returns to his native Abilene to find his sweetheart engaged to his old friend Dave Mosely who's leading the cattlemen in a feud against the farmers.

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Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend Dave Mosely is now engaged to Trask's former sweetheart and is one of the cattlemen increasingly feuding with the original farmers. Trask is persuaded to take up as sheriff again but there is something about the death of Mosely's brother in the Civil War that is haunting him. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THE BLAZING STORY OF THE GREAT ABILENE RANGE WAR! (original print ad - all caps)

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Romance | Western

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24 December 1956 (UK)  »

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Gun Shy  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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In a 2007 interview, director Charles Haas talked about helping Jock Mahoney, the star of this film, not be upstaged by a young David Janssen, whose gifts he recognized. "In a picture at Universal [Showdown at Abilene], I had David Janssen. I had him with [Jock Mahoney], who . . . was basically a stuntman. Stunts were easy for him, but as an actor he lacked a certain energy. So I couldn't afford to have David Janssen as his assistant, but he was under contract at Universal, and I had to [use] him. So I had him leaning against a door in every scene. He never understood why. The reason was, if I hadn't had him leaning against a door in every scene that he was in, he would've outdone [Mahoney], who was the star." See more »

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Verne Ward: Claudius don't bluff. He's the fastest man with a gun I've ever seen.
Jim Trask: Give me the gun.
[Verne hands him his own gun]
Jim Trask: No, that one.
Verne Ward: As long as you're gettin' around to doin' some shooting you might as well have a gun with bullets in it.
Jim Trask: I've got bullets.
[Jim takes the gun that they recovered from Dave Mosely]
Verne Ward: Think you'll be able to use it?
Jim Trask: How long have you known?
Verne Ward: Ever since I first heard you talking in your sleep.
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Remade as Gunfight in Abilene (1967) See more »

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A deep dark secret
4 March 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jock Mahoney and Martha Hyer star in this good B western about a Civil War veteran returned from the war with a dark secret and a desire not to carry weapons. Naturally he has no plans to return to his former occupation as sheriff of Abilene.

Abilene has a new sheriff in the coarse and brutal Ted DeCorsia and he's in the pocket of Lyle Bettger who in the interim has moved in on Mahoney's girlfriend Martha Hyer and they plan to be married. Everybody did think Mahoney was killed and one who was killed was Bettger's younger brother.

Abilene has also changed from a peaceful agricultural community to a trail's end for cattle shipping. How many gazillion westerns have been made with that plot premise and all it entails.

Given Mahoney is a cowboy hero in the tradition of Tom Destry you know he only has one way to go. Still Showdown In Abilene is nicely packaged for any western fan.


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