Talk about a fun Old West Western about one Famous Old West Town-Abilene, Kansas. This one is gonna fill your Hat with lots of good ole Western Drama and Humor. I’ve seen this Movie many times and it never lets me down. And the Lead Saloon Singer is one of the very BEST to watch. So, pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!
In Abilene, Kan., Marshal Dan Mitchell (Randolph Scott) contends with unruly cattlemen and a group of determined homesteaders intending to settle on government land bordering the town. Hoping to rid the town of the farmers, the cowboys set fire to their camp, and a desperado murders a homesteader, but Dan refuses to allow them revenge. Joining a posse under a crooked sheriff, and with the help of singer Rita (Ann Dvorak) and a merchant, Dan forces a peaceful showdown between the factions.
Abilene Town is a 1946 American Western film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Randolph Scott and Ann Dvorak. Adapted from Ernest Haycox’s 1941 novel Trail Town, the production’s plot is set in the Old West, in the cattle town of Abilene, Kansas in 1870.
|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Written by||Ernest Haycox|
(novel “Trail Town”)
|Screenplay by||Harold Shumate|
|Produced by||Jules Levey|
|Edited by||Richard V. Heermance|
|Music by||Gerard Carbonara|
Jules Levy Presents
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date||January 11, 1946 (United States)|
|Running time||89 minutes|
In the years following the Civil War, the state of Kansas is increasingly divided by opposing economic and social forces. Homesteaders are moving into the West, trying to start new lives, and their increasing presence is clashing with the established commercial interests of cattlemen, who had settled in the region before the war. Abilene, a major cattle town, is on the brink of armed conflict between the cattlemen and the homesteaders, and the town marshal, Dan Mitchell, strives to keep the peace between those two groups as well maintain the uneasy coexistence between Abilene’s townspeople and the ranchers with their legion of cowboys. For years, the town had been literally divided, with the cattlemen and their supporters occupying one side of the main street and townspeople occupying the other side. Mitchell likes it this way; it makes things easier for him, and prevents dangerous confrontations from arising between the two factions. However, when homesteaders decide to lay stakes on the edge of town that existing balance is upset and leads to a deadly showdown.
The leader of the homesteaders is Henry Dreiser, a reasonable young man with common sense; and the county sheriff, “Bravo” Trimble, is a lawman who would rather play cards than get involved in any real or potential unrest in Abilene. Marshal Mitchell, however, does strive to prevent the upcoming confrontation while also dealing with a clash in his personal life, which is divided as well between Rita, a flashy showgirl who works on the cattle drovers’ side of the street, and Sherry, the modest, churchgoing daughter of a shopkeeper on the other side of the street.
- Randolph Scott as Marshal Dan Mitchell
- Edgar Buchanan as Sheriff Bravo Trimble
- Lloyd Bridges as Henry Dreiser
- Ann Dvorak as Rita
- Rhonda Fleming as Sherry Balder
- Helen Boyce as Big Annie
- Howard Freeman as Ed Balder
- Richard Hale as Charlie Fair
- Jack Lambert as Jet Younger
- Eddy Waller as Hannaberry
- Hank Patterson as Doug Neil
- Chubby Johnson as homesteader (uncredited in screen debut)
- Guy Wilkerson as card player with Sheriff Trimble (uncredited)