Abilene Town

Abilene Town

Director: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Helen Boyce, Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak

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Overview

Dan Mitchell (Randolph Scott) is the town marshal of Abilene, KS, in the turbulent years after the Civil War and the start of the big cattle drives out of Texas. The town is growing faster than a lot of citizens are prepared to deal with it, especially as homesteaders start moving in, fighting for space with the cattlemen. Dan has kept the peace, such as it is, by keeping the saloons, gambling, and guns on one side of Main Street and the shop-owners, farmers, women, and children on the other. He's also been walking a tightrope in his own life, conducting a sometimes turbulent romance with Rita (Ann Dvorak), a saloon singer and co-owner, while also not discouraging the attentions of Sherry Balder (Rhonda Fleming), the "nice girl" daughter of one of the town's leading businessmen, who would love to marry Dan if only he would settle down. A new wave of homesteaders is arriving, and the cattlemen, cowboys, and saloon owners want them driven out and the town kept wide open, fearing the homesteaders' religious beliefs and the arrival of families, which means schools, building, and encroaching "respectability." Trouble breaks out and people are killed, with Dan caught in the middle. Using his guile and a good deal of bravery, and the unwitting help from the cowardly county sheriff (Edgar Buchanan), Dan manages to get the shop owners onto the side of the homesteaders, and plays a dangerous game of divide-and-conquer with the saloon-keepers and cowboys.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2017
UPC: 0889290242587
Original Release: 1946
Source: Film Detective
Sales rank: 18,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Boyce Big Annie
Randolph Scott Dan Mitchell
Ann Dvorak Rita
Edgar Buchanan Sheriff Bravo Trimble
Dick Curtis Cap Ryker
Rhonda Fleming Sherry Balder
Lloyd Bridges Henry Dreiser
Howard Freeman Ed Balder
Richard Hale Charlie Fair
Jack Lambert Jet Younger
Hank Patterson Doug Neil
Earl Schenck Hazelhurst
Eddy Waller Hannaberry
Walter S. Baldwin Train Conductor

Technical Credits
Edwin L. Marin Director
James Barker Makeup
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Nathaniel W. Finston Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert Glasser Score Composer
Kermit Goell Songwriter
Victor Heerman Cinematographer,Editor
Sammy Lee Choreography
Jules Levy Producer
Otho Lovering Cinematographer,Editor
Harold Shumate Screenwriter
Fred Spielman Songwriter
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Peter Tuesday Costumes/Costume Designer

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