Abilene Town

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Abilene Town
Abilene Town.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by Jules Levey
Written by Ernest Haycox (novel "Trail Town")
Harold Shumate
Starring Randolph Scott
Ann Dvorak
Music by Gerard Carbonara
Albert Glasser
Charles Koff
James Mayfield
Max Terr
Cinematography Archie Stout
Edited by Richard V. Heermance
Guild Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • January 11, 1946 (1946-01-11) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Abilene Town is a 1946 western film directed by Edwin L. Marin. The film stars Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Lloyd Bridges, Rhonda Fleming, and Edgar Buchanan.

The movie is set in the Old West years immediately following the Civil War, in the cattle town of Abilene, Kansas.

The story was adapted from Ernest Haycox's book Trail Town.[1]


In the years following the Civil War, Kansas is in the middle of a difficult time. Homesteaders are moving into the West, trying to start new lives, and are going head to head against cattlemen who have been settled in that territory for years. In Abilene, one of the biggest cattle towns of the west, the town is on the brink of a confrontation between the cattlemen and the homesteaders.

Marshal Dan Mitchell (Randolph Scott) has the job of keeping the peace between the two groups. For a long time, the town had been divided, with the cattlemen and cowboys having one end of town to themselves, while townspeople occupied the other end. Mitchell liked it this way, it made things easier for him, and kept problems from arising between the two factions. However, when homesteaders decide to lay stakes in the cowboy's end of town, that balance is upset, and leads to a deadly showdown.

The leader of the homesteaders is Henry Dreiser (Lloyd Bridges), a young man with good common sense, and the local sheriff is Bravo Trimble (Edgar Buchanan), a lawman who would rather play cards than be involved in any confrontation. Mitchell not only has the difficult job of juggling the upcoming confrontation, but also his love life.

Main cast

DVD release

Abilene Town was released on Region 0 DVD by Alpha Video on July 27, 2010.[2]


  • Abilene Town Plot
  • Abilene Town cast and plot
  1. ^ Pitts, Michael R. (2012). Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 3. ISBN 9780786463725. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Alpha Video - Abilene Town". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

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