Abilene Town

Abilene Town is a 1946 American Western film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Randolph Scott and Ann Dvorak.

Abilene Town
Theatrical poster
Directed byEdwin L. Marin
Produced byJules Levey
Written byErnest Haycox
(novel "Trail Town")
Screenplay byHarold Shumate
StarringRandolph Scott
Ann Dvorak
Music byGerard Carbonara
Albert Glasser
Charles Koff
James Mayfield
Max Terr
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byRichard V. Heermance
Guild Productions
Jules Levy Presents
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 11, 1946 (1946-01-11) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

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 has been divided, with the cattlemen and cowboys having one side of the main street to themselves, while townspeople occupied the other side. 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 on the edge 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, which is divided between Rita (Ann Dvorak), a showgirl who works on the cowboys' side of the street, and Sherry (Rhonda Fleming), the churchgoing daughter of a shopkeeper on the other side of the street.

Main cast

DVD release

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


  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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