Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Never once does Bobby Darin sing "Mack the Knife" or "Splish Splash" in Gunfight in Abilene. Instead, he plays a peaceable western sheriff, determined to stave off an outlaw invasion. The head outlaw is Leslie Nielsen, which makes this film very hard to watch with a straight face these days. The Universal City backlot gets a good workout in the blood-spattered finale of Gunfight in Abilene, which barely made the theatrical rounds before entrenching itself on late night television. The film should not be confused with Gunfighters of Abilene, a 1960 oater starring Buster Crabbe.
aristocracy, bad-guy, brother, cattle, employment, friendship, good-guy, lawman, man, nerves, officer, outlaw [Western], retreat [sanctuary], sheriff, showdown, town, tycoon, veteran [military], violence, weapons