It's 1870 and the Civil War has been over for 5 years. Homesteaders are on their way to Abiline, Kansas to settle onto farms, to make a living, raise families, build a community. That means putting up barbed wire fences to keep out the cattle, not to forget the cattlemen themselves. The cattlemen, of course, object to the fences or to anyone that prevents them from having a good time after a long, long cattle drive from Texas to the railroad yards of Abiline. Randolph Scott is the town marshall trying to keep peace between two opposing groups who are close to fighting it out with guns as well as fists. This is a 1946 movie with a cheap budget but is well done with a good support cast. Westerns used to rule movie audiences. Now we think we have lessened violence by avoiding producing westerns by putting out Rambo picutes. What a bad joke that is.
Regarding the one film, I'm pretty sure that George Custer and Jeb Stuart never had duty that took them into a Kansas conflict with John Brown! So this is utter silliness, whatever other flaws may be present.
But Abilene Town is worthwhile simply because it's another starring role for the dependable Randolph Scott. He's capably supported here by Rhonda Fleming, Edgar Buchanan, Lloyd Bridges, and Ann Dvorak. This may be a B-Western, but it's pretty darn good.
A movie that displays what it was like between the two sides prior to the Civil War. Almost all movies made back then put the South in a favorable light and this is no different . If you show this knowing this it is a good movie.
Lovely "revisionist" history lesson here. Gone With the Wind's got nothing on this when it comes to offensive stereotyping. At one point Errol Flynn's character rescues former slaves (the worst sort of dumb caricatures) who happily announce that they're returning to their masters where they KNOW they'll be well taken care of! If you can overlook how colossally offensive this movie is, it's pretty entertaining. But it's completely understandable that that may be asking too much for some people. Mileage will vary, so tread lightly.
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