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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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(as Charles Haas)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Complete credited cast:
... Jim Trask
... Peggy Bigelow
... Dave Mosely
... Verne Ward
... Chip Tomlin
... Dan Claudius
... Ross Bigelow (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Dayton Lummis ... Jack Bedford
... Nelson
... Sprague (as Robert G. Anderson)
... Frank Scovie
... Loop
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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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This movie was remade 10 years later with Bobby Darin. It was called Gunfight in Abilene. See more »

Quotes

Verne Ward: You know the trouble with this business is it makes a man old before his time. You know I never did hear of a sheriff living to be a ripe old age, did you?
Jim Trask: Sure. Ed Murdock. They didn't shoot him until he was 38.
Verne Ward: Probably lied about his age.
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Remade as Gunfight in Abilene (1967) See more »

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Excellent Permances Makes Showdown At Abilene An Above Average Western
5 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is an average western that is predictable right from the start. Excellent performances by Jock Mahoney as Jim Trask, Martha Hyer as Peggy, Lyle Beher as Dave and, a young, David Janssen as Deputy Vern Ward make Showdown At Abeline worth a look. The hired gun was played by Ted de Corsia which was the only error in casting that I could find. The town of Abilene and surrounding areas, do not match the flat lands of Kansas but otherwise, excellent photography give the film added appeal.


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