Showdown at Abilene (1956)

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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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  • Martha Hyer and Jock Mahoney in Showdown at Abilene (1956)
  • Martha Hyer in Showdown at Abilene (1956)
  • Harry Harvey and Martha Hyer in Showdown at Abilene (1956)
  • Lyle Bettger, Martha Hyer, and Jock Mahoney in Showdown at Abilene (1956)
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  • Lyle Bettger, Martha Hyer, and Jock Mahoney in Showdown at Abilene (1956)

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25 February 2005 | dinky-4
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| A bit more depth than expected
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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