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Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Approved | | Western | 25 August 1958 (USA)
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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Carol Kelly ...
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Mirada
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Deacon Matt Holmes
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Mona Stacey
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Storyline

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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HARPOON against SIX-GUN! A savage duel! See more »

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Hard as Nails  »

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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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Greatest B-Western Ever
9 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bizarre, intense, frightening unsung masterpiece filled with original and compelling characters. It's hard to tell what the main interest is: the Swedish hero; the leather-clad Bogie-inspired villain; the brave young Mexican; the callous, quick-tongued fatcat. The cinematography is stylized yet subtle. The dialogue is trenchant. Then, of course, there is the unnerving harpoon showdown. There is no movie quite like this one, folks. A must-see.


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