Abilene Town (1946)

Approved  |   |  Romance, Western  |  11 January 1946 (USA)
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Sheriff tries to stop homesteader conflicts in the West after the Civil War.



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Complete credited cast:
Sheriff 'Bravo' Trimble
Sherry Balder
Henry Dreiser
Helen Boyce ...
Big Annie
Ed Balder
Charlie Fair
Jet Younger
Dick Curtis ...
'Cap' Ryker
Earl Schenck ...
George Hazelhurst
Doug Neil


In the years following the Civil War, the town of Abilene, Kansas is poised on the brink of an explosive confrontation. A line has been drawn down the center of the town where the homesteaders and the cattlemen have come to a very uneasy truce. The delicate peace is inadvertantly shattered when a group of new homesteaders lay down their stakes on the cattlemen's side of town, upsetting the delicate balance that had existed thus far and sparking an all-out war between the farmers, who want the land tamed and property lines drawn, and the cowboys, who want the prairies to be open for their cattle to roam. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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11 January 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Although 400 homesteaders build houses and fences out of wood, it is never explained where the wood comes from. The land looks arid, and the only trees seem to be in town, where there is no millwork. See more »


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Narrator: [opening narration] Five years after the end of the Civil War, a thousand-mile cattle trail stretched from the plains of Texas to the railroad depots in Kansas. For ninety grueling days, through dust, heat, flies, loneliness, cowboys pushed Texas cattle northward on the Abilene Trail at an average speed of three quarters of a mile an hour toward Abilene, Kansas where raw-bred Southern beef could be turned into hard, Eastern cash. Abilene was the end of the trail, the end of the ...
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Not bad little movie.
26 October 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

Although a lot of other westerns can rightly be considered superior, this movie is fine example of the period. Randolph Scott turns in a typically good performance, and really keeps this film going. Best seen as a view of an old time western, but good entertainment anyways.

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