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Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

 -  Western  -  September 1958 (USA)
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A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

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George Hansen
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Ed McNeil
Carol Kelly ...
Molly
Eugene Mazzola ...
Pepe Mirada (as Eugene Martin)
Nedrick Young ...
Johnny Crale (as Ned Young)
Victor Millan ...
Jose Mirada
Frank Ferguson ...
Deacon Matt Holmes
Marilee Earle ...
Mona Stacey
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Sven Hanson is one of a number of farmers whom Ed McNeil wants to run off their land (because he knows there's oil on it). When Hanson is murdered by McNeil's gunman, Johnny Crale, Hanson's friend Pepe Mirada hides his knowledge of the murderer's identity in order to protect his family. When Hanson's son George arrives and takes up his father's cause, not only Mirada but also Johnny Crale begin to reevaluate their attitudes. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When the Texas Plains Ran With Blood and Black Gold!

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Western

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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Terror in a Texas Town  »

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$80,000 (estimated)
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Nedrick Young, who plays Johnny Crale, actually wrote much of the script, but because he had been blacklisted as a "subversive" during the McCarthy Red Scare period, he was not credited for it. See more »

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Gritty Western Noir Worth Checking Out
19 December 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

When oil is discovered on the properties of peaceful homesteaders, fat-cat Sebastian Cabot sends his one-handed gunman to terrorize them into leaving. When stubborn Swedish whaler Sterling Hayden's father is killed by them, he takes on the bad guys with only a harpoon and the truth!

The premise is a bit familiar but the story is artfully told with great acting by all involved. Hayden plays an offbeat, interesting, and unconventional western hero and Cabot is a wonderfully sleazy villain. However, Academy Award winning screenwriter Nedrick Young gives the film's best performance as Cabot's vile hired killer.

Entertaining from start to finish, this is a really compelling low-budget movie that really knows what buttons to push, especially as Hayden tries to get his neighbors to break their fearful code of silence.

The final showdown, glimpsed in the opening scene, is both memorable and exciting


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