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The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

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An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue

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Complete credited cast:
Billy Curtis ...
The Hero (Buck Lawson)
Yvonne Moray ...
The Girl (Nancy Preston)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ...
The Villain (Bat Haines) (as Little Billy)
Billy Platt ...
The Rich Uncle (Jim 'Tex' Preston) (as Bill Platt)
John T. Bambury ...
The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson) (as John Bambury)
Joseph Herbst ...
The Sheriff
Charles Becker ...
The Cook (Otto)
Nita Krebs ...
The Vampire (Nita, the dance hall girl)
George Ministeri ...
The Blacksmith (Armstrong)
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The Barber (Sammy) (as Karl Casitzky)
Fern Formica ...
Diamond Dolly (as Johnnie Fern)
William H. O'Docharty ...
The Old Soak (as W.H. O'Docharty)
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An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue Written by Lleij Schwartz <lleijs@hopper.unh.edu>

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LIttle guys with big guns!

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Musical | Western

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1 December 1938 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The idea for the picture came about when producer Jed Buell overheard an employee of his production company, Spectrum Pictures, bemoaning the state of the film business and remarking that "if this economy doesn't turn around, we'll have to start making pictures with midgets". Buell loved the idea and put in motion what eventually became this film. See more »

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Arriving at Preston's ranch, Haines ties his horse securely to the hitching rail. Leaving, a minute later, he mounts the now un-secured, untied horse. See more »

Quotes

The Hero (Buck Lawson): Dad, I jumped a bunch o' rustlers at work.
The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson): Rustlers!
The Hero (Buck Lawson): They left in such a hurry, they forgot their branding iron.
The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson): (examining iron) Cheap Work Pete!
The Hero (Buck Lawson): That's the way I read it.
The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson): Why that low-down ki-yoat!
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Featured in The Canned Film Festival: The Terror of Tiny Town (1986) See more »

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Despite its bad reputation, I rather enjoyed The Terror of Tiny Town
20 June 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Okay, so I just watched this all-Midget (sorry, Little People) Western. Now, while I laughed at some of the way their sizes were exploited like when one fell carrying some boxes that blocked his face or when a townsperson drank a giant glass of beer (I think Jerry Maren played the latter by the way), overall I don't think this deserves the moniker of one of "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time" as implied in the book of that name. In fact, for the most part I was quite excited at the way the whole thing was filmed and liked many of the performances especially Billy Curtis as the Hero, Buck Lawson, and "Little Billy" Rhodes as the Villain, Bat Haines. They have a great fight scene at the climax. Yvonne Moray as the Heroine, Nancy Preston, and Nita Krabs as the Dance Hall Girl, Nita, who loves Bat are also good in their roles. And then there's Charles Becker as the Comic Relief, Otto the Cook, who has a pretty intentionally funny scene with a duck he's trying to kill as he tries to sweet talk him. The singing is wonderful, too, though hearing an obviously taller male voice coming out of Curtis' mouth was pretty strange especially in contrast to Ms. Murray's natural warbling voice after that. By the way, the only actual tall person that appears is in the beginning when an announcer steps behind the curtain to introduce the Hero and Villain (with the requisite "boos" and "hiss"!) before the opening credits. So on that note, I'd recommend The Terror of Tiny Town to anyone who likes a good-old fashioned musical western starring talented little people.


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