Gunfight in Abilene

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.

Gunfight in Abilene
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Directed byWilliam Hale
Produced byHoward Christie
Screenplay byJohn D.F. Black
Bernie Giler
Story byClarence Upson Young
StarringBobby Darin
Emily Banks
Leslie Nielsen
Don Galloway
Music byBobby Darin
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byGene Palmer
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1967 (1967-03)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


During the Civil War, Cal Wayne accidentally kills a fellow Confederate soldier who was also a long-time friend. After the war, Wayne returns to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas where he discovers his sweetheart, Amy - who thought he was dead - about to marry cattle baron Grant Evers, the brother of the man Wayne killed. To try to assuage his guilt, Wayne refuses to try to win Amy back.

A feud is ongoing between local cattlemen and farmers. Evers takes it upon himself to exact harsh justice against anyone, with or without proof, who crosses him and his growing business.

Reluctantly, but at Evers' behest, Wayne replaces the corrupt sheriff, Joe Slade. Haunted by the fact that he killed Evers' brother, Wayne insists he will not wear a gun and wants everyone who comes into town to surrender their weapons.

However, as the situation between the farmers and the cattlemen intensifies and erupts, and Grant Evers is murdered, Wayne chooses to strap on a weapon and settle things for himself, and for Abiliene.


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