Gunfight in Abilene

1967

Western

2
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 311

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Leslie Nielsen as Grant Evers
Michael Sarrazin as Cord Decker
Donnelly Rhodes as Joe Slade
Ken Swofford as Rebel Soldier
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23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
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Reviewed by ma-cortes 5 / 10

Run-of-the-mill and standard Western about usual confrontation between cattlemen and homesteaders

The film is set post civil war (181-1865) in Abilene (a biblical name meaning city of the plains ) , the pattern of the other celebrated cow towns of the Old west . Batting in the Civil War a soldier called Cal Wayne (Bobby Darin) accidently murders his friend. Going back Abilene after the American Civil war he finds his previous girlfriend about to marry the brother (Leslie Nielsen) of the man he murdered . To pay his debt he not only refuses to win her back but takes the job of Marshall , a job he doesn't wishes , when the brother asks him . Later on , Darin becomes the brave sheriff of Abilene and along with his deputy are fighting to stifle the conflicts between homesteaders , cattlemen and a wealthy owner who hire gunfighters . Along the way he develops a loving triangle between two beautiful girls : Amy Martin ( Emily Banks) and Leann (Barbara Werle). The time: Noon! The odds: Desperate ! The result: Memorable !

The picture gets Western action , shootouts , go riding , a love story , and results to be quite entertaining . It's a medium budget film with acceptable actors , technicians, production values and pleasing results . Although it has some stock footage , such as the prison scene near the riverboat and the battle scene in the beginning of the movie , being taken from the 1965 film , Shenandoah directed by Andrew MacLagen with James Stewart . The flick is totally set in Abilene (Kansas) which was the first of the major railhead cattle towns , and including ordinary problems between the ranchers and the farmers . From 1867 to 1872 it was a booming depot , shipping some one million Texas Longhorns by railroad to Kansas City and Chicago and meat markets in the East . The place was selected as a terminus for Texas cattle drives in 1867 . Then the long drives began from Texas over the Chisholm trail . At trail's end in Abilene the rowdy,free-spending cowboys attracted saloon keepers, gamblers , brothels and all types of frontier riff-raff , the town became notorious for its lawlessness . Gunmen were hired for a time to keep the peace in Abilene . With the numerous presence of homesteaders the town prospered , stabilized and grew , its lawabiding citizens decided to discourage the troublesome cattle trade with his transient cowboys and early requested the Texas cattlemen to drive their herds elsewhere , which they soon did and Abilene's role as a wild cow town came to an abrupt ending.

Bobby Darin gives a decent acting as a good guy haunted by a killing refusing to carry a gun , but , subsequently , he straps on a pistol and heads after the cutthroats . Darin was a successful singer and song composer . His music career started out with writing songs and taking demos around to different music producers . His next goal was to make a movie, and that opportunity came in 1960 with the film Come September (1961), for which he also wrote the title song. The movie was filmed in Rome and that's where he met Sandra Dee. She was 16 years old and at the top of her career. They were engaged two months after they met and their son, Dodd Darin, was born a year later. Bobby continued to perform in night clubs and make movies. In 1964 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Captain Newman (1963). Despite very good reviews, he lost the Oscar to Melvyn Douglas. He went in for heart surgery in 1971 and from that point on he had bouts of ill health. After his recovery he continued to do nightclub acts and the next years singing , until his early death at 37 . He did a popular summer variety show called The Bobby Darin Show (1973) and played other films such as : Run stranger run , The happy end , Cop-out , Hell is for heroes , Pressure point and State Fair . Co-stars the great Leslie Nielsen . His acting career started at a much earlier age when he was forced to lie to his father in order to avoid severe punishment. Leslie starred in over fifty films and many more television films . Oustanding in comedy genre in which he delivered sophomoric punchlines with a deadpan expression, being nicknamed "the Laurence Olivier of spoofs" . He played all kinds of genres as Sci-Fi , Western , and drama , such as Harlow , Forbidden planet , The reluctant astronaut , Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler , Four rode out , The Amsterdam kill , Project kill , Creepshow , Prom night ; but he performed comedy especially , such as : Camouflage , 2001 a space travesty , Wrongfully accused , Mr. Magoo , Dracula : dead and loving , Repossessed , Naked gun : From the files of police squad , Naked gun : The smell of fear , Naked gun : final insult . Support cast is pretty good , including various familar faces , such as : Donnelly Rhodes , Don Galloway , Frank McGrath ,Don Dubbins , Ross Hagen ,Bryan O'Byrne and Michael Sarrazin's film debut .

Enjoyable music by Bobby Darin himself and uncredited Shorty Rogers . Colorful and shimmering cinematography by director of photography Maury Gertsman , Universal International Picture's ordinary . The motion picture was directed in sure visual eye by William Hale , though it has flaws and gaps , being a bit boring . He realized a variety films of all kind of genres , such as : One shoe makes it murder , Stalk the wild child , Journey to Shiloh , Murder in Texas , though especially made TV episodes from famous series , such as : The time tunnel , The invaders , The streets of San Francisco, Kojak , Cannon , Fugitive , Judd for the Defense , Lancer , The Virginian , FBI , Night Gallery . Rating . 5.5/10 , acceptable and passable .

Reviewed by 35541m 4 / 10

Sub-par western with a miscast leading man and plenty of stock footage

A lot of 1960s B westerns turned out to be remakes of 1950s B films - especially those starring Audie Murphy - and this is no exception. Its a remake of Showdown in Abilene starring Jock Mahoney. This is so close to the original that the original writer of Showdown, Berne Giler, gets a 'screenplay' credit although I suspect that means Giler's original script was handed to the other credited writer, John Black, who made a few nominal changes to update it for the budget and to try and disguise that this was a remake by changing the character names.

Looking suspiciously as if it was intended originally as a Murphy vehicle, this humdrum affair features singer Bobby Darin as a gunfighter who can't put on a gun again after accidentally killing his best friend but naturally is forced to do so at the end. Darin struggles in the acting stakes - someone must have told him to wear black gloves as a symbol of being psychologically disturbed (maybe he saw Kirk Douglas in The Last Sunset - of which more later) although no-one comments on this even when he wears them indoors - and bites his lips a lot. He's also too slight to be a feared gunman and looks faintly ridiculous in nicely pressed tight beige trousers.

The background plot is a range war between cattlemen and sodbusters. However, being that this is a cheap film, all of the shots of cattle herds and civil war fighting are taken from other films shot on different film stock and it shows. This being a Universal release the production has been allowed to raid the Universal library and che civil war shots are from Shenandoah and many, if not all of the shots of cattle herds are from aforementioned The Last Sunset including shots of a cattle herd crossing a river into a town and being put into a cattle corral. So, instead of seeing any cattle everything is largely confined to the standing Universal western town set and a few indoor sets.

The film is lamentable short on much action until the end. Further Darin's character came across to me as a complete cad. Darin's chopped off Leslie Neilson's arm, killed his brother and then tomcatted his fiancée(whom Darin also humiliates by being blatantly unfaithful too by screwing another woman virtually infront of her and then dumping this other gal when the ex-financee changes her mind). Neilsen should have shot Darin dead.

I thought Don Galloway came off best as the laid back deputy quite happy to serve any sheriff, no matter how corrupt.

Reviewed by dinky-4 5 / 10

A re-make marked by a curious miscasting

Though only 11 years had elapsed since the release of "Showdown at Abilene," Universal re-made this under the title "Gunfight in Abilene" with, surprisingly, Bobby Darin taking over the Jock Mahoney role. It's an unexpected casting which does not pay off since Darin seems out of place in a western and he's simply too small and modest to be the kind of tough lawman who could "clean up" a frontier town. In some scenes, he looks even shorter than leading lady, Emily Banks, and whereas Mahoney appeared on the balcony of the Abilene hotel gloriously bare-chested -- showing off his impressive physique but wearing his pants high enough to hide his navel -- Darin plays this same scene with his shirt on though open a bit at the top. (When Darin wakes up from a nightmare in a brief and dimly-lit scene, however, he's bare-chested whereas Mahoney, in a comparable scene, wears an undershirt.) On the plus side, Darin did contribute a song, "Amy," which is sung under the opening credits and which, though undistinguished, is pleasant enough and which today -- due to a decline in movie-song-writing quality -- might win an Oscar.

The triangular relationship among Jock Mahoney, Lyle Bettger, and Martha Hyer which strengthened the original movie is still of interest here but one can't quite believe that Bobby Darin and Leslie Nielsen had once been close friends.

Though this re-make follows the original quite closely, there are two notable changes. This version begins with a Civil War battle sequence showing Bobby Darin accidentally shooting a friend. Thus the audience knows from the start why the guilt-stricken Darin is reluctant to carry a gun when he returns to Abilene and why he feels he owes a debt to the dead friend's brother. When Darin later confesses the truth to Nielsen, his remarks lack the impact they had in the original version when the audience did NOT know what had happened back in the Civil War battle.

The other change is also questionable. In the new version there's a young blonde woman in Abilene who has a crush on Darin and who pops up in a few scenes. This character does not appear in the original version and she adds nothing to the story.

The re-make is superior to the original in two respects, however. Donnelly Rhodes makes a much more convincing "bad guy" than Ted de Corsia, and Michael Sarrazin's whipping is more effectively staged than Grant Williams' whipping in the 1956 version. Sarrazin is stripped of his shirt and subjected to more punishment and taunts than Williams who, for some inexplicable reason, is allowed to keep his shirt on while being flogged, even though he has a pleasing physique -- as was proved in "The Incredible Shrinking Man" -- and even though Universal had begun to groom him for his "hunk" appeal.

Finally, all the character names from the 1956 version have been changed for the 1967 one.

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