ABILENE, Kansas – In partnership with the Chisholm Trail 150 celebration, the Eisenhower Presidential Library will show western movies on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4. The “Mooovie Marathon” will be held in the Visitors Center Auditorium of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. This movie marathon is just one component of the “Trails, Rails, and Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail” festival set for Labor Day Weekend in Old Abilene Town.
The schedule includes the following movies:
Saturday, Sept. 3: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
1:00 – American Lawmen: Tom Smith ( 1hr., 17 min.)
Using his fists instead of a pistol, professional boxer turned frontier lawman Tom Smith is determined to clean up ‘Hell on Earth.’ This is the little known story of one of the greatest lawmen of the Wild West.
2:30 – Abilene Town (1 hr., 29 min.) Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak
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 town where the homesteaders and the cattlemen have come to a very uneasy truce.
4:00 – The Old Chisholm Trail (1hr.) Johnny Mack Brown, Mady Correll,Tex Ritter
Dusty Gardner, bringing a herd up the Chisholm Trail, is looking for water. Belle Turner has water but wants an exorbitant price for it. When Dusty and his men start a well, Belle and her men set out to stop them.
7:00 – Red River (2 hr. 3, min.) John Wayne, Montgomery Clift
After starting his cattle ranch in Texas 14 years ago, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive.
Sunday, Sept. 4: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
12:00 – South of the Chisholm Trail (1 hr., 37 min.) Charles Starrett, Nancy Saunders
When the ranchers of Bearcat are plagued by rustlers, Big Jim Grady offers to buy their herds at low-ball prices. Steve Haley suggests that they band together and drive their herds to Abilene and get full price.
2:00 – Showdown at Abilene (1 hr., 20 min.) Jack Mahoney, Martha Hyer
Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend, Dave Mosely, is now engaged to Trask’s former sweetheart and is one of the cattlemen increasingly feuding with the original farmers.
For additional details about the Trails, Rails and Tales event, contact the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at abilenekansas.org.