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  • Actors: Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan, Rhonda Fleming, Lloyd Bridges
  • Directors: Edwin L. Marin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TTZT6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Located where the Chisholm Trail ends, Abilene is a bustling cow town largely supported by Texas cattlemen driving their herds to market. Marshal Dan Mitchell, finding it increasingly difficult to keep rowdy cowboys from running roughshod over peaceful homesteaders, tries unsuccessfully to enlist the aid of lackadaisical county Sheriff Bravo Trimble. He will need help keeping the peace when, incensed by barb-wire barricades set up by the homesteaders, brutish Cap Ryder and his trigger-happy gunmen are provoked to violence.

Randolph Scott, a college-educated Virginia gentleman who took up motion-picture acting as a lark, found himself typed as a Western leading man in the early 1930s and became a genre icon. Abilene Town, an enjoyable starring vehicle from the middle period of his career, exploits familiar situations quite effectively, thanks to above-average scripting, directing, and acting. Top marks in the latter department go not only to Scott but also to cast members Ann Dvorak, playing a tough-talking saloon girl, and Rhonda Fleming, as the shopkeeper's daughter who captures the marshal's heart. - Ed Hulse

Customer Reviews

Great Western adaptation to the big screen.
J. Smith
If I buy a DVD I want to watch it as it was released, not with friggin logos on it.
David S. Graham
The saloons attract trail-hands, their cash makes the town prosperous.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on October 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Smart and briskly told, ABILENE TOWN is an above-average homesteader vs. cattle rancher movie. Randolph Scott stars as the town marshal of Abilene who finds himself in the middle of a land war. Short of only John Wayne, Scott is the man for the task. The movie opens with Scott in church, singing hymns with the angelic Rhonda Fleming. The pious music is interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The cattle drovers are in town, shooting up the honey pots.

Check that - they're shooting up-wards in the saloons, more in emphatic syncopation with song and dance girl Ann Dvorak's act that in meanness. The wranglers and ramrods are saving that meanness for act two, when the hymn singing, sodbusting homesteaders arrive and begin planting houses and barb-wiring up the northern terminus of the Abilene Trail. That levels out their aim some.

ABILENE TOWN is about the tension of opposites, with Randolph Scott smack in the middle. His character is a failed rancher who sympathizes with the "decent life" desiring homesteaders. He has to chose between Good Girl Rhonda Fleming and Bad Girl (with a heart of gold) Ann Dvorak. The movie also pits the merchants against the saloons, cattle against wheat, the pious against the profane. It's a contest between a restoration of the status quo and the establishment of a new order.

With its strong story, straight-ahead direction, and solid cast, ABILENE TOWN is a treat. Scott is well within his competent comfort zone as the man with the badge, Edgar Buchanan and Ann Dvorak leaven things with amusing diversions, and a young Lloyd Bridge is effective as the firebrand leader of the sodbusters.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Davies on February 2, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Avoid this at ALL costs. The disc is a DVDr, the insert, a cheap paper photocopy, the picture quality 3rd rate VHS at best. To call this " Enhanced " is beyond laughable. No way should this be sold through Amazon, it's just a cheap bootleg and should be removed immediately. To add insult to injury, this is priced a lot higher than other versions of the title ( the reason I was duped into buying it ). I'll sign off now, I'm just going to the Post Office to return it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kay's Husband on February 19, 2008
Format: DVD
As most viewers will be aware, this movie used Ernest Haycox's book TRAIL TOWN as it guiding background. It must have been familiar territory for Randolph Scott as he appeared in movies made from many western author's books: Zane Grey, Jonas Ward, Luke Short, and Haycox among others.

This western is one of very few that shows one condition of the 'ole' west as it pretty much was, the towns oft times were divided down the middle, with the saloons and other sinful devices on one side of town, with the schools, churches, and businesses on the other. Often the train tracks helped to separate the two sections. And the twain did not meet, no pun intended. This condition did not apply to all towns for certain, but did occur in many. As the film shows for a town marshal to walk both sections of the town took great proficiency. And though it did not happen that often, some trail towns did suffer from "treeing the town", but most often as the film depicts, the town's folk armed themselves and sent the 'cowboys' off, on their way.

One must also find pleasure with the talents of the cast in this picture, and also in their youthful appearances. The musical numbers are quite catchy, though when I watch a western most musical interludes get on my nerves. I want my westerns fairly realistic without singing cowboys, but in this movie as many others, the music adds to the allure of the movie magic. Ann Dvorak is just magnificent in both song and dance.

I have a couple copies of this film and must say it is one of my favorites, mainly due to Scott. But through many viewing I have come to appreciate the other actors roles as well. And anyone having seen THE DESPERADOES knows that Edgar Buchanan and Randolph Scott did very well together on any screen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on June 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is interesting because it shows how a city that was built and that prospered thanks to the driving of cattle from the SouthWest to the Middle West becomes a farming town. The fight between the drovers and the homesteaders is very well depicted, with its killings when the drovers deem it necessary to impose their domination. But the city is cut in two. On one side of the street the saloons. On the other side of the street the shops. The change comes when the homesteaders cut the trail with their barbed wire and when the shopkeepers understand that there is more money on the homesteaders' side than on the drovers'. The drovers push their last pawns, with the support at first of the saloonkeepers. But it means killing some homesteaders and the local marshall opposes it and imposes law and order. The drovers are driven out of the city. The city becomes a farming city and Kansas moves from a state that is crossed by herds of cattle to a farming state. This is possible, though never really said, because the railroads make it feasible to transport the cattle from Texas to Illinois without having to cross any farmland any more. But this future is made a reality because of the alliance of the shopkeepers with the homesteaders. We thus are shown history in its making.
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