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West of Abilene

(aka "The Showdown" )

 

 

Columbia Pictures Corporation

Production Dates: April 22 - May 1, 1940

Release Date: 1940 10 21

Running time: 58 or 60 minutes (6 reels)

Key book (production) number: 328


Credits

Cast

Songs

Plot Summary

Production and Publicity Stills

Posters

Glass Slide

 

Credits

Director: Ralph Ceder

Writer: Paul Franklin


Cast: (with photos)

Charles Starrett as Tom Garfield

Bruce Bennett as Frank Garfield

Marjorie Cooley as Judith Burnside

Bob Nolan as Bob

William Pawley as Chris Matson

Don Beddoe as Forsyth

George Cleveland as Bill Burnside

Forrest Taylor as the Sheriff

William Kellogg as the deputy

Francis Walker as Bat

Eddie Laughton as Poke

Vester Pegg as Kennedy

Bud Osborne as Wilson

 

Stunts:

Ted Mapes - stunt double for Charles Starrett

Francis Walker


Songs: (thanks to Laurence Zwisohn)

Tumbling Tumbleweeds  (over opening credits)  (Bob Nolan)
Down The Trail  (Tim & Glenn Spencer)
A Cowboy’s Sweetheart  (Tim & Glenn Spencer)
Blow Wind Blow  (Glenn Spencer)
Yippi Yi Your Troubles Away  (Tim & Glenn Spencer)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds  (over closing credits)

 

Plot Summary (by Les Adams)

Settlers of the rapidly-growing frontier town of Vaquero, who bought their land at five dollars an acre from an irrigation company, are being victimized by Forsythe and Chris Matson  who plan to resell grants at twenty-five dollars an acre. Leaders among the ranchers and settlers in opposition are Tom Garfield, his brother Frank (Bruce Bennett) and their ranch hands, the Sons of the Pioneers who come to the aid of Bill Burnside and his daughter Judith.

 

 

Production and Publicity Stills

Courtesy of John Fullerton

 

Private Collection

 

Private Collection

 

Courtesy of John Fullerton

 

Private Collection

 

 

Private Collection

 

Courtesy of John Fullerton

 

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

 

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

Courtesy of Bruce Hickey

 


 

Posters

Calin Coburn Collection©2004

 

Courtesy of Les Adams

 

Private Collection

 

 

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Earl Bryant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass Slide