Gunfight in Abilene

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Gunfight in Abilene
Film poster
Directed by William Hale
Produced by Howard Christie
Screenplay by John D.F. Black
Bernie Giler
Story by Clarence Upson Young
Starring Bobby Darin
Emily Banks
Leslie Nielsen
Don Galloway
Music by Bobby Darin
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Gene Palmer
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1967 (1967-03)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Gunfight in Abilene is a 1967 western film starring Bobby Darin in a non-singing role. It is the second film based on the short story "Gun Shy" by Clarence Upson Young, the first being Showdown at Abilene (1956), starring Jock Mahoney in the role played by Darin in the remake.


Cal Wayne accidentally kills a fellow Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He returns to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas after the war and ends up replacing the corrupt Joe Slade as the town's sheriff.

A feud is ongoing between local cattlemen and farmers. Cattle baron Grant Evers takes it upon himself to exact harsh justice against rustlers, with or without proof. A grudge exists Evers and the new sheriff because Cal's fiancee, Amy Martin, believing he was dead, is now engaged to marry Evers.

Evers learns that it was his own brother who was shot by Cal during the war. But he is killed by Slade in a quarrel, whereupon Slade is shot dead by Cal.


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