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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Texas. Loosely based on a true story.

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Set in the late 40's the residents of Texarkana, Texas are left terrorized by a mysterious hooded killer who is stalking victims during the evening and leaving the local police at a loss. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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24 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Some extras can be seen several times in apparently different "roles" during the film. While this could be an indicative that Texarkana was a small town back in 1946, it's more likely an indicative of how the low budget prevented the production of hiring more extras.

-The actress playing Linda Mae Jenkins is clearly visible in close-up shot in a car leaving the Unites States Army's Red River Arsenal at the very beginning of the film;

-The actress playing Peggy Loomis can also be seen at the very beginning of the film at the Paramount Theatre in the back seat of a car;
  • At the same Paramount Theatre scene, an extra is seen crossing the street with a white and blue shirt. This same extra can be seen together with a small gathering of people right after the first victim, Linda Mae Jenkins, is found alive and the ambulance is arriving. Again, this same extra can be seen after the second attack, when a gun store is shown. Lastly, this same extra is probably used again carrying the groceries for the Dawn Wells' character during the "Friday, May 3rd" caption;


-The Police Department telephone operator who answers Mrs. Kiner phone calls can be seen reinforcing her curtain window right after the second attack. Also, at the high school prom, she can be seen pouring sloe gin at the red punch;

-The black guy identified as Mr. Johnson, who is giving a detailed statement to Captain Morales of how the supposed killer has threatened him, can also be briefly seen moments earlier as waiter on the restaurant scene. See more »

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When the Texas Ranger arrives in the train station he goes to buy some cigars. The counter has a sign in front that says "ORANGES" written by a Magic Marker or marker style pen. Sharpies or Magic Markers had only been created a year before and were not in popular use until the early 1950s so this sign would have probably been painted by a sign painter. See more »

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Deputy Norman Ramsey: I think the occupants of this parked vehicle have been abducted!
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16 August 2001 | by (Paris, Texas) – See all my reviews

Well I have to say that this movie is excellent. I was lucky to have my father be in this movie. I grew up in Atlanta,TX and moved from there in 1995. If you ever see the heavy set taxi driver, thats him, the officer at the police station dressed as a woman with the cigar, that was also him. My father did stunt driving and rebuilt the autos in the movie. You will be suprised what I can tell you that went on behind the scenes of the movie. Like when they tied Dawn Wells to the tree, well she was screaming not because of the phantom, but a snake that was on the ground in front of her. The snake came up during the shoot and they didn't tell Dawn about it, she just seen it. That is why her screams are realistic. One scene with the rain, look closey at the windshield wipers, if you notice its fast one minute, then slow, only because the motor went out and my father was on top of the car moving it by hand. Did you also know that most people that played in the movie did not know how to even drive or crank the vehicles? Back then there was push button starts, they kept breaking keys off in the ignition trying to crank it that way, but all the ignition does is unlock the collum. Needless to say they went trough alot of ignition switches. Boy what all I can say and not enough room to do it. I highy recommend this movie to anyone.


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