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Abilene Town (1946)

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

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Ernest Haycox (novel), Harold Shumate (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Dan Mitchell
Ann Dvorak ... Rita
Edgar Buchanan ... Sheriff 'Bravo' Trimble
Rhonda Fleming ... Sherry Balder
Lloyd Bridges ... Henry Dreiser
Helen Boyce Helen Boyce ... Big Annie
Howard Freeman ... Ed Balder
Richard Hale ... Charlie Fair
Jack Lambert ... Jet Younger
Dick Curtis ... 'Cap' Ryker
Earl Schenck Earl Schenck ... George Hazelhurst
Eddy Waller ... Hannaberry
Hank Patterson ... Doug Neil
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Storyline

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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Ablaze with guns and guts and glory!

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Homesteaders See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander in chief of allied forces in western Europe during World War II, considered Abilene, Kansas, to be his hometown. He grew up in Abilene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Heard in both lyric and instrumental verions throughout the film and associated with the homsteaders
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A little of everything
21 January 2005 | by witzend13See all my reviews

Excellent, under-appreciated movie, which I suspect fell into public domain because only cheap copies from original prints seem to be available. Randolph Scott is rock solid in the unassuming characterization of a modest but moral man acting as a moderating influence between three distinct groups, the cattlemen, the homesteaders and the tradesmen in a frontier town. Each have their own agendas, and the most alluring enticement for Scott on the bad side of town is the brassy but captivating dance hall singer, Ann Dvorak, in one of the best performances of her career, who is so fresh and sexy in her several numbers that I can well believe a whole roomful of cowboys would just sit there, stone silent with their mouths open, staring at her as she dances and flirts through her songs. I don't know if her voice was her own or dubbed, but she could sure deliver those lyrics!

There's not a dull or extraneous scene in the movie, with many well cast characters, fistfights, gunfights, a cattle stampede, romance, comedy and first-rate film noir lighting and dialogue for those who care. And besides all that, I didn't notice until about the third time I'd watched it, Scott's horse follows him around when he's on foot like a pet dog. Very subtle, never made a focus of attention by the director, one of the old-timers who had the sense to let audiences find their own points of interest. I think it's a classic.


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