|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Produced by||Jules Levey|
|Written by||Ernest Haycox|
(novel "Trail Town")
|Screenplay by||Harold Shumate|
|Music by||Gerard Carbonara|
|Edited by||Richard V. Heermance|
Jules Levy Presents
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The story was adapted from Ernest Haycox's book Trail Town.
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.
- Randolph Scott as Marshall Dan Mitchell
- Edgar Buchanan as Sheriff Bravo Trimble
- Lloyd Bridges as Henry Dreiser
- Ann Dvorak as Rita
- Rhonda Fleming as Sherry Balder
- Helen Boyce as Big Annie
- Howard Freeman as Ed Balder
- Richard Hale as Charlie Fair
- Jack Lambert as Jet Younger
- Eddy Waller as Hannaberry
- Hank Patterson as Doug Neil
- Chubby Johnson as Homesteader (uncredited), his screen debut
- Pitts, Michael R. (2012). Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 3. ISBN 9780786463725. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Alpha Video - Abilene Town". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
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