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Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, 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.


Joseph H. Lewis


Dalton Trumbo, Ben Perry (front for Dalton Trumbo) (as Ben L. Perry)




Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... George Hansen
Sebastian Cabot ... McNeil
Carol Kelly Carol Kelly ... Molly
Eugene Mazzola ... Pepe (as Eugene Martin)
Nedrick Young ... Crale (as Ned Young)
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Mirada
Frank Ferguson ... Deacon Matt Holmes
Marilee Earle ... Mona Stacey


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 »


Drama | Western


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This was the final feature film for director Joseph H. Lewis. He would spend much of the next decade directing television episodes before retiring from the industry. See more »


As George (Sterling Hayden) walks down the street for a showdown with Johnny in a brief long shot the tyre tracks of the camera car are seen. See more »


Brady: I don't think you've the guts right now to admit that this fellow McNeil had me burned down.
Deacon Matt Holmes: Oh, take it easy Brady.
Brady: Take it easy, Matt, what are you talking about take it easy? Didn't we agree to stick together? Well I stuck. Whose house got burned down? Mine! Whose barn went up in smoke? Mine! Whose livestock burned up? Mine!
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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Greatest B-Western Ever
9 December 2001 | by David ElroySee 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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard as Nails See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Seltzer Films See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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