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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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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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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

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. 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

The Sheriff: I'm warnin' you, Tex. Don't start no trouble in town.
The Rich Uncle (Jim 'Tex' Preston): I don't want trouble. But I won't run away from it, either!
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Featured in TCM Underground: The Terror of Tiny Town (2009) See more »

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Tex and Mex From Old Bar X
Written by Walter G. Samuels and Charles Newman
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If you enjoy watching 1930's B Westerns - you'll enjoy watching this imaginative romp through the Wild West.
11 May 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Possible spoilers.

If you enjoy watching 1930's B Westerns – especially singing westerns – you'll enjoy watching this imaginative romp through the Wild West.

Take any standard "oater" and cast little people – with the emphasis on people – in the roles of a hero caught between two feuding cattle barons and an evil rustler trying to steal his girl - - and you'll have an idea what this film is about. All of the elements are here – from a hero falsely accused of murder and facing a lynch mob - - to the final showdown and his saving the damsel in distress from the evil villain.

Several performances were clearly outstanding and truly enjoyable to watch: Billy Curtis as the hero - Buck Lawson; Nita Krebs as the Vamp(ire) – Nita and especially Charles (Mayor of Munchkin City) Becker as the Cook – Otto - - who stole each and every scene. (His scene with the duck is priceless).

Of minor note was the fact that many of the actors and actresses in the barroom scenes appear to have had German accents – which makes some words of their songs a little difficult to understand at first – but in subsequent viewings this proved to be no problem - - especially since the delightful lyrics of the Lew Porter Song – "Mister Jack and Missus Jill" – more than compensated.

Additionally – although the director (Sam Newfield) chose to dub some songs with voices from professional singers – which proved to be a minor irritant as far as continuity is concerned – this was standard practice for 1930s oaters. (Does anyone dare to forget John Wayne in RIDERS OF DESTINY as Singin' Sandy Saunder?).

However – all-in-all - this film was truly enjoyable.

In closing – I'd like to comment on the fact that it is sad that many comments I've read reflect the fact that many folks cannot get past their bias toward little people - - - and view little people playing real roles as real people as something only to be laughed at.

Please watch this film with an open mind and you could be pleasantly surprised!!!


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