Randolph Scott plays the Marshall Dan Mitchell who tries to keep things peaceful in town. Edgar Buchanan plays the sheriff Bravo Trimble who rather gambles than shoots. Lloyd Bridges can be seen as Henry Dreiser. And sure there are also some pretty ladies involved.
April 6, 2017 Subject:
Ann Dvorak would retire just five years after this film. Here she is paired for the female romantic lead with Rhonda Fleming, who was 21 years younger than Ann. Actually, Dvorak hit her top popularity in her 30s and 40s, which was unusual for women in an industry that idolized youth. She was a remarkable star.
June 3, 2011 Subject:
But this is no Shane. Randolph Scott plays a tough guy where the men are concerned, but doesn't seem to mind too much when the apple of his eye (Ann Dvorak) kicks his shins black and blue. Too bad they didn't sign on with Irving Klaw for a sequel, Ann would've looked good standing on him in those sparkly heels.
I think Katpoop had it surrounded: If you liked Gunsmoke, you're sure to like this, too. Myself, I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to take either of them on their own terms.
June 10, 2010 Subject:
That was a long movie
And it was a really good one too.
November 30, 2009 Subject:
Plot Summary from IMDB
Abilene Town (1946). In the years following the Civil War, the town of Abilene, Kansas is poised on the brink of an explosive confrontation. A line has been drawn down the center of the town where the homesteaders and the cattlemen have come to a very uneasy truce. The delicate peace is inadvertantly shattered when a group of new homesteaders lay down their stakes on the cattlemen's side of town, upsetting the delicate balance that had existed thus far and sparking an all-out war between the farmers, who want the land tamed and property lines drawn, and the cowboys, who want the prairies to be open for their cattle to roam.
August 29, 2009 Subject:
Fans of westerns and of Randolph Scott won't be disappointed by this film,although it wasn't until his 1950's collaborations with Harry Joe Brown that Scott really hit his purple patch.
Good support from Edgar Buchanan and arch heavy Jack Lambert. Lloyd Bridges didn't have much to do and although Ann Dvorak's career was winding down at this point she still made a feisty leading lady
June 21, 2009 Subject:
HOW THE WEST WAS FUN. RELIGION, DELUSION, FANTASY
NO, EVIL DOES NOT ALWAYS TRIUMPH OVER GOOD. BUT,
IT IS JUST AS LIKELY TO. AND THERE'S NOTHING YOUR
IMAGINARY FRIEND CAN DO ABOUT IT.
OH...AND THE MOVIE? SUCKS.
June 15, 2009 Subject:
Very well made, excellent acting. Reminiscent of Gunsmoke.
As for 'Slugs and urchins', you demonstrate a lack of historic knowledge and simple observation. I'm sure that Adolph Hitler and the pro-slavery advocates of the old American South would love to share your idea that evil always wins. If what you said is true, then we could not maintain enough goodness or have enough good people to build and sustain communities. Bridges could never have been built and hospitals never created.
Our American forfathers would never have sacrificed themselves for the birth of a new country. Soldiers would never have thrown themselves on grenades to save their buddies. Christ would have succumbed to the temptation to save Himself from the Cross during His prayer at Gethsemane.
History, as well as the present times, would be a much different thing if evil always won.
Reviewer:slugs and urchins
May 4, 2009 Subject:
better than average Western
This one starts out well, even if you can ignore the hereford cattle and Mount Whitney in the background (Texas hasn't any hills that high...) of the start of the movie.
It was probably made for teenage boys on a Saturday matinee. Still the plot is better than most and so is the acting. But the ending blows it all and it gets Hollywood-sappy. I guess that's why I liked "the Unforgiven" so much since it had a realistic plot. Evil usually triumphs but that would not have been OK when this movie was made so I was not too disappointed when it turned stupid!