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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 ... 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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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

I Love Out Here in the West
Written by Fred Spielman and Kermit Goell
Arranged by Jack Elliott
Performed by Ann Dvorak (uncredited)
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Solid western, nothing more
31 December 2007 | by Ryu_DarkwoodSee all my reviews

A righteous sheriff finds himself in the pinch when there is hostility against homesteaders. He urges his fellow villagers to choose sides and to help him end the conflict.

Decent old-school western. Every cliché is there: from the fierce shootouts to the merry can-can dancers; from the stubborn but righteous sheriff to the crooks stirring up things in town. It's not as harsh as we're used to since Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinah and the boundary between right and wrong is pretty clear from the start. But I liked it as a fan of the western. It's not a classic in any way, but still a decent flick to see if you like the genre.


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