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The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Approved | | Western | 1 December 1938 (USA)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Jed Buell's Midgets
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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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Western

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1 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cücelerin Korkunc Sehri  »

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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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Trivia

After the film's release, Jed Buell reportedly planned to use the same cast in a film version of the story of Paul Bunyan, with a large gentleman playing Bunyan. See more »

Goofs

When Haines arrives at Preston's ranch, he ties his horse securely to the hitching rail. When he leaves a minute later, he mounts his untied horse. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, we're going to present for your approval a novelty picture with an all midget cast, the first of it's kind to ever be produced. I'm told that it has everything, that is everything that a western should have.
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Connections

Referenced in A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) See more »

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She's the Daughter of Sweet Caroline
Written by Lew Porter
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Once the novelty wears off, the film isn't really special
12 February 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Of course, this film is legendary. The first, and as far as I can tell / hope the last, all-midget musical western. Anyone who is extremely p.c. will be obviously outraged by the concept and the film. And of course, many cult film fans will want to see it for being one of the most exploitive films there is. However, its really not too exciting.

The problem is that once the novelty of the film wears off it becomes quite dull. It's hilarious and jaw-dropping at first, making you wonder how the filmmakers got away with this. Midgets ride Shetland ponies and rope calves, and walk UNDER those swinging barroom doors. They sing in voices that are extremely annoying and shrill. As far as acting goes, well, you can guess the amount of skill that went into this production. With the possible exception of the legendary Billy Curtis, the "actors" seem to be sleepwalking through the whole thing reading off cue cards. Of course, no one watches these films for technical skill, but even on camp merits it isn't great. The film is fun and funny for a while, but becomes incredibly tedious by the end.

Cult / exploitation film fans may want to rent this film or buy it for their collection if only for the sheer shock value of it. However, its over-hyped in the extreme. If you are interested in 30s exploitation cinema, I'd recommend both "Maniac" and "Reefer Madness" over this one. Quite simply, it creeks really badly. (3/10)


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