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Gunfighters of Abilene (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 January 1960 (USA)
A gunman receives a request for help from his brother, but arrives too late to save him from the lawless rancher who wanted him dead.

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Edward L. Cahn
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Kip Tanner
Barton MacLane ... Seth Hainline
Rachel Ames ... Alice Hainline (as Judith Ames)
Russell Thorson ... Marshal Wilkinson
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... Jud Hainline
Eugenia Paul ... Raquel Torena
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Miguel Torena
Richard Devon ... Marty Ruger
Richard H. Cutting ... Hendricks
Kenneth MacDonald ... Harker
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A gunman receives a request for help from his brother, but arrives too late to save him from the lawless rancher who wanted him dead.

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The Hired Guns Had Their Orders: "Find Kip Tanner And Kill Him!" See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra do Enforcado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gunfighters of Abilene was produced a little late in the B Western game, as most film efforts of this type had been supplanted by episodic TV westerns. However, the film offers up a reasonable example of the B genre and its signature elements, and includes workmanlike performances by two old hands in the business; Buster Crabbe and Barton MacLane.

For those who enjoy knowing where a picture was filmed, they will appreciate excellent views of the upper Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, California, that would soon be changed forever by the developer's blade. The upper Iverson as seen in this film now contains garish McMansions within a gated community north of SR 118. And the SR118 Simi Valley Freeway has been bulldozed through the middle of the ranch, destroying its western ambiance and irreversibly changing it forever. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Kip Tanner is checking into the hotel the western/wagon-wheel style chandelier clearly has standard electrical incandescent bulbs in each of the "lamps" instead of wick and oil type innards of the period. See more »

Quotes

Alice Hainline: Dad? You were deliberately gonna lynch him?
Seth Hainline: Quick justice. It's what built this country, and that what it's gonna be to keep it the way it is.
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Disappointing for Crabbe Fans
27 July 2013 | by jayraskinSee all my reviews

I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's watching reruns of Crabbe's "Captain Gallant" T.V. series, and the great "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rodgers" movie serials. I was expecting to see another movie with Crabbe as an affable and cool action hero.

The only surprise here is how little action there is and how serious Crabbe takes the role. He is still a likable hero, but there is little humor and the dull plot gives him little to work with. A gunman rides into Abilene looking for his estranged brother. He finds that his brother is wanted for a robbery of $64,000 dollars. (Was this a reference to the television show "the $64,000 Question?). As he tries to find out what happened to his brother, the unfriendly townspeople keep telling him to leave and threatening him and assaulting him. He keeps saying that his brother is innocent and he won't back down.

There were probably 20 half-hour Western television series on television in 1959-1960 when this movie was made. This plays like an average episode of a television series stretched out to a little over an hour.

Crabbe was only 52 years old at the time this was filmed and still looks quite handsome. However, a stuntman is obviously doing the few action scenes like falling off a horse, running, and jumping through a window. I'm wondering if 30 years of action movies had taken a toll on his body.

It is sad that this was Crabbe's last film as an action hero. It is hard to understand why he did not get any major staring roles for the last 25 years of his life. This was the opposite of John Wayne who thrived in hit after hit the last 25 years of his life. Crabbe was, in my opinion, a better action-hero actor than Wayne.


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