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The Terror of Tiny Town
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Director:
Writers:
Fred Myton (original screenplay)
Clarence Marks (added dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 December 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
LIttle guys with big guns!
Plot:
An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue See more » | Add synopsis »
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(6 articles)
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Despite its bad reputation, I rather enjoyed The Terror of Tiny Town See more (38 total) »

Cast

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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)

Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jed Buell's Midgets
Jerry Maren ... Townsperson (uncredited)
August Clarence Swenson ... Preacher (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Fred Myton (original screenplay)

Clarence Marks (added dialogue)

Produced by
Jed Buell .... producer
Abe Meyer .... associate producer
Bert Sternbach .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Kilenyi (musical background)
 
Cinematography by
Mack Stengler (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Martin G. Cohn 
Richard G. Wray 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Phillipi .... makeup creations (as Louis Phillippi)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Griffith .... assistant director (as Gordon S. Griffith)
 
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound engineer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Wade .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Lew Porter .... musical director: musical numbers
Samuel Kaylin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Helen Gurley .... story editor
 
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Runtime:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2008) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1940) | USA:Approved

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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the dwarves are playing their musical instruments, the guy playing the cello gets his bow stuck in the strings and has to fight like mad to get it out. But the music continues.See more »
Quotes:
The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson):Seems to me that I smell something that should be buried - smells mighty like a polecat.
The Rich Uncle (Jim 'Tex' Preston):Why, you!
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Soundtrack:
Down on the Sunset TrailSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Despite its bad reputation, I rather enjoyed The Terror of Tiny Town, 20 June 2009
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

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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