Gunfight in Abilene (1967)

86 mins | Western | May 1967

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Also known as Gunfight at Abilene ... More Less

Also known as Gunfight at Abilene . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
In charge of prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Gun Shy" by Clarence Upson Young (publication undetermined).
SONGS
"Amy," words and music by Bobby Darin, sung by Bobby Darin.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Gunfight at Abilene
Release Date:
May 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
20 May 1967
Copyright Number:
LP36899
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
86
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During a Civil War battle, Confederate officer Cal Wayne mistakenly kills one of his own soldiers. When the war ends and Cal returns to his home in Abilene, he finds that the town is torn apart by the battle raging between cattlemen and farmers. Despite his reluctance to use a gun again, Cal resumes his old position as sheriff, thereby removing his double-dealing replacement, Joe Slade. To avoid further trouble, Cal decides to conceal the fact that the Confederate soldier he killed was the brother of the local cattle king, Grant Evers. Cal is also upset by the news that Amy Martin, his former fiancée who believed him to be dead, is engaged to marry Grant. The strife between the cattlemen and the farmers threatens to erupt into a range war when a young farmer, Cord Decker, is unjustly accused of cattle stealing and brutally flogged. Grant learns how his brother died and makes an attempt on Cal's life. Grant also gets into a row with Slade over the latter's refusal to leave town. The two men draw their pistols and Grant is killed. Now free of his fear of using a gun, Cal faces up to Slade and outdraws him. With peace restored, Cal resumes his courtship of ... +


During a Civil War battle, Confederate officer Cal Wayne mistakenly kills one of his own soldiers. When the war ends and Cal returns to his home in Abilene, he finds that the town is torn apart by the battle raging between cattlemen and farmers. Despite his reluctance to use a gun again, Cal resumes his old position as sheriff, thereby removing his double-dealing replacement, Joe Slade. To avoid further trouble, Cal decides to conceal the fact that the Confederate soldier he killed was the brother of the local cattle king, Grant Evers. Cal is also upset by the news that Amy Martin, his former fiancée who believed him to be dead, is engaged to marry Grant. The strife between the cattlemen and the farmers threatens to erupt into a range war when a young farmer, Cord Decker, is unjustly accused of cattle stealing and brutally flogged. Grant learns how his brother died and makes an attempt on Cal's life. Grant also gets into a row with Slade over the latter's refusal to leave town. The two men draw their pistols and Grant is killed. Now free of his fear of using a gun, Cal faces up to Slade and outdraws him. With peace restored, Cal resumes his courtship of Amy. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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