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Showdown at Abilene (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | October 1956 (USA)
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.

Director:

Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)

Writers:

Berne Giler (screenplay), Clarence Upson Young (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jock Mahoney ... Jim Trask
Martha Hyer ... Peggy Bigelow
Lyle Bettger ... Dave Mosely
David Janssen ... Verne Ward
Grant Williams ... Chip Tomlin
Ted de Corsia ... Dan Claudius
Harry Harvey ... Ross Bigelow (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Jack Bedford
Richard H. Cutting ... Nelson
Robert Anderson ... Sprague (as Robert G. Anderson)
John Maxwell ... Frank Scovie
Lane Bradford ... Loop
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Shy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was remade 10 years later with Bobby Darin. It was called Gunfight in Abilene. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Remade as Gunfight in Abilene (1967) See more »

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A bit more depth than expected
25 February 2005 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

While this modestly-cast production from 1956 has a number of the elements found in the usual B-western, its plot and characters offer a bit more depth and complexity than one might expect. This is largely due to the "triangle" relationship between Jock Mahoney, his former girlfriend, Martha Hyer, and the man she's now engaged to marry, Lyle Bettger. It's an awkward situation and the fact that these three people, at least at the start of the story, like each other gives the situation refreshing ambiguities and nuances. At least it's not the usual "good guys and bad guys." As has been mentioned in other reviews, this movie is well-cast though I agree Ted de Corsia is too old and out-of-shape to be convincing as the "hired gun." Curiously, just 11 years later, Universal released a re-make of this movie called "Gunfight in Abilene" with, of all people, Bobby Darin in the Jock Mahoney role. Though they're quite similar, it's still of interest to compare the two productions.


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