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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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Connections

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 gitrichSee 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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