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Abilene Town

Released Jan 11, 1946 1h 29m Western List
Reviews 54% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
In Abilene, Kan., Marshal Dan Mitchell (Randolph Scott) contends with unruly cattlemen and a group of determined homesteaders intending to settle on government land bordering the town. Hoping to rid the town of the farmers, the cowboys set fire to their camp, and a desperado murders a homesteader, but Dan refuses to allow them revenge. Joining a posse under a crooked sheriff, and with the help of singer Rita (Ann Dvorak) and a merchant, Dan forces a peaceful showdown between the factions. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Entertaining western. Rated: B- Apr 22, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 27, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 4/5 Oct 31, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tom M Typical Randolph Scott western. Good guy against all odds somehow comes through. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/21 Full Review Audience Member First movie I watched on Toshiba Fire TV. I watched this on the Western app. Westerns are a rare occurrence in theatres nowadays. I'll be enjoying more of these B classics Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/24/18 Full Review Audience Member Randolph Scott could make a good b-movie Gary Cooper, that has to be said... :) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, September 7, 2010 (1946) Abilene Town WESTERN Anybody familiar with 1952 Best Picture nominee "High Noon" would know that the theme came from a short story called the "The Tin Star". But in terms of movie influences is concern- I feel this one is one of it's major influences such as the lone sheriff against all odds! They're some great dialogue here about the dilemmas about becoming a lone sheriff which was used in "High Noon" as well. And the singing of one of the songs by hoards of people was also used in High Noon as well as the use of Lloyd Bridges who starred in both films! The plots are different because the story involves the friction between cattleman and the farmers and the two sheriffs who come between them because of their dependence of the town for supplies! I would've given this film a higher rating except that I don't care too much for the singing from one particular chorus girl which I felt sang one song too too many! 3.5 out of 4 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The only thing notable about this bland Randolph Scott snoozefest is the appearance of Edgar Buchannan ("Uncle Joe" on "Petticoat Junction") as a spineless Sheriff and Hank Patterson (Mr. Ziffel on "Green Acres"). Fortunately for them better days were ahead. Ditto for Lloyd Bridges who plays a homesteader being attacked by the cattle men. Z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member At 63 years old I'd still call this Western a well done film. There's the classic fights and shootouts but the story is led by a moral law-abiding marshal (played by Randolph Scott) who frees the town of Abilene from its history of violence under the ruthless cattlemen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In Abilene, Kan., Marshal Dan Mitchell (Randolph Scott) contends with unruly cattlemen and a group of determined homesteaders intending to settle on government land bordering the town. Hoping to rid the town of the farmers, the cowboys set fire to their camp, and a desperado murders a homesteader, but Dan refuses to allow them revenge. Joining a posse under a crooked sheriff, and with the help of singer Rita (Ann Dvorak) and a merchant, Dan forces a peaceful showdown between the factions.
Director
Edwin L. Marin
Producer
Jules Levy
Screenwriter
Harold Shumate
Production Co
Guild Productions Inc., Jules Levy presents
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 11, 1946, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 26, 2011
Runtime
1h 29m
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