ABILENE TOWN-an Excellent 1946 Old West Western

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.[1][2]

Abilene Town
Theatrical poster
Directed byEdwin L. Marin
Written byErnest Haycox
(novel “Trail Town”)
Screenplay byHarold Shumate
Produced byJules Levey
StarringRandolph Scott
Ann Dvorak
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byRichard V. Heermance
Music byGerard Carbonara
Albert Glasser
Charles Koff
James Mayfield
Max Terr
Guild Productions
Jules Levy Presents
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dateJanuary 11, 1946 (United States)
Running time89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Scene (from left) with Randolph ScottGuy Wilkerson, and Edgar Buchanan


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.