6.4/10
617
24 user 7 critic

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:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Albuquerque (1948)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In New Mexico, a cowpoke forces a banker at gunpoint to give him a loan without collateral, in exchange for an IOU but the marshal and his posse chase after him.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford
Gunfighters (1947)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gunfighter Brazos Kane takes a job on a ranch but he is unjustly accused of killing fellow cowhand Bob Tyrell and must clear himself by finding the real killer.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, Dorothy Hart
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

Director: Ray Nazarro
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Crime | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers
Tumbleweed (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a wagon train is wiped-out by the Yaqui Indians, the surviving guide Jim Harvey is accused of desertion and cowardice but Jim escapes the town jail in search of the truth.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills
Coroner Creek (1948)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man is bent on taking revenge on those he believes are responsible for his fiance's death.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Marguerite Chapman, George Macready
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Biography | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Maureen O'Hara, Linda Darnell
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ablaze with guns and guts and glory!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abilene  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Abilene, Kansas, began as a stagecoach stop in 1857. In 1867 the Kansas Pacific Railway developed cattle pens there, and between 1867-71 the Chisolm Trail ended there. 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

[first lines]
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 ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Time I Give My Heart
Written by Fred Spielman and Kermit Goell
Arranged by Jack Elliott
Performed by Ann Dvorak (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A little of everything
21 January 2005 | by See 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.


26 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page