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Fred Myton (original screenplay)
Clarence Marks (added dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 December 1938 (USA) See more »
LIttle guys with big guns!
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
Crew verified as complete

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62 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2008) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1940) | USA:Approved

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Ah, midgets..., 7 August 2003
Author: Heather from Vancouver, Canada

Ok, so when I voted I gave it a low score, but that was cause Terror of Tiny Town has very little cinematic merit. But put all that aside and wind your sense of humour down a couple of notches and this movie is a "rootin, tootin, shootin" good time. I mean come on! They walk UNDER the saloon door! They ride ponies! It takes two midgets to play the bass! The bartender can't seem to chug his beer without outbursts of laughter! Plus- midgets fighting- funny! Add to that the fact that not a single one of the midgets can act and you've got 63 minutes of fun! Ok, so I realize that this movie is so politically incorrect that "little people" everywhere are either laughing themselves to death or up in arms. But that shouldn't stop us from enjoying an entirely midget western with multiple ear shattering musical numbers and the barest traces of a plot. But like I said before- midgets-Funny!

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