Showdown at Abilene

Showdown at Abilene

Charles Haas (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
Jock Mahoney had been around as a stunt man and bit-part player before being given the lead in minor westerns such as this Universal movie. Unfortunately, he's no more than adequate playing the American Civil War veteran who refuses to carry a gun as sheriff of Abilene. Much better is Lyle Bettger, who gives a typically intense performance as the one-armed cattle king who has taken Mahoney's girl - Martha Hyer - and wants him dead. Producer Howard Christie liked the story so much he re-made it 11 years later as Gunfight in Abilene with Bobby Darin, Emily Banks and Leslie Nielsen.


A former sheriff reluctantly takes up his badge again after the Civil War, but is still traumatised by accidentally killing someone on his own side. Further misery is heaped on him when he discovers the woman he loves believed him dead and married the brother of the man he killed, but he is forced to take a stand against her husband, who is trying to seize other people's land. Western, starring Jock Mahoney, Marthe Hyer, Lyle Bettger and David Janssen.

Cast & Crew

Jim Trask Jock Mahoney
Peggy Bigelow Martha Hyer
Dave Mosely Lyle Bettger
Verne Ward David Janssen
Chip Tomlin Grant Williams
Dan Claudius Ted De Corsia
Ross Bigelow Harry Harvey
Jack Bedford Dayton Lummis
Nelson Richard H Cutting
Sprague Robert Anderson (3)
Director Charles Haas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence.