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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain J.D. Morales
... Deputy Norman Ramsey
... Helen Reed
... Sgt. Mal Griffin
Jim Citty ... Police Chief R.J. Sullivan
... Patrolman A.C. Benson
Robert Aquino ... Sheriff Otis Barker
... Peggy Loomis
Christine Ellsworth ... Linda Mae Jenkins
Earl E. Smith ... Dr. Kress (as Earl E. Smith)
Steve Lyons ... Roy Allen
Joe Catalanotto ... Eddie LeDoux (as Joe Catalanatto)
Roy Lee Brown ... Rainbow Johnson
Mike Hackworth ... Sammy Fuller
Misty West ... Emma Lou Cook
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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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Der Umleger  »

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Dawn Wells only worked for one and a half days. See more »

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Obvious fire hose rain coming from the left when Emma Lou Cook boyfriend's car is leaving the restaurant. See more »

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Rainbow Johnson: That's him! That's him! Mister, you owe me a dollar for driving you today! And ten dollers for taking ya to Lefkin!
Eddie LeDoux: [to the cops] What's the matter with that donkey? He crazy? Get him outta here!
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Memorable killer who does not speak ....................
15 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Ben Johnson leads a Texarkana manhunt for a hooded serial killer. Aproximately every three weeks in 1946, random killings occurred, mostly in lovers lanes. The film has excellent post WW2 atmosphere, and is only weakened by voice overs, and some"Barney Fife" type humor that fails completely. The attacks are sometimes depicted rather darkly, but the hooded killer who does not speak, is memorable. One does sense a feeling of dread among the townsfolk throughout, and the police frustration is also well documented. Sometimes less is best, as is the case with "The Town That Dreaded Sundown". With no idea of who the masked menace is, his motivation, or as the open ended conclusion speculates, is he still out there, ones imagination is left to wonder. - MERK


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