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The Terror of Tiny Town

1938

Comedy western with an all midget cast. You can read about it on its IMDb page. This film is already uploaded to the archives, but would not play when embedded, so I've reformatted it hoping that it can be embedded without errors.


The Terror of Tiny Town is a 1938 American film produced by Jed Buell, directed by Sam Newfield, and starring Billy Curtis. It is the world's only musical film Western (genre) with an all-Dwarfism cast.
Using a conventional Western story with an all dwarf cast, the filmmakers were able to showcase gags such as cowboys entering the local saloon by walking under the swinging doors, and pint-sized cowboys galloping around on Shetland pony while roping Calf.

Plot summary

The plot is about a cowboy helping out a beautiful ranch owner menaced by local thugs.

Cast

  • Billy Curtis as The Hero (Buck Lawson)
  • Yvonne Moray as The Girl (Nancy Preston)
  • Little Billy Rhodes as The Villain (Bat Haines)
  • Billy Platt as The Rich Uncle (Jim 'Tex' Preston)
  • John T. Bambury as The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson)
  • Joseph Herbst as The Sheriff
  • Charlie Becker as The Cook (Otto)
  • Nita Krebs as The Vampire (Nita, the dance hall girl)
  • George Ministeri as The Blacksmith (Armstrong)
  • Karl Karchy Kosiczky as The Barber (Sammy)
  • Fern Formica as Diamond Dolly
  • William H. O'Docharty as The Old Soak
  • Jerry Maren as Townsperson
  • Clarence Swenson as Preacher
The film presents Jed Buell's Midgets. Many of them were also in the performing troupe, Singer's Midgets, and played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939 film), released in 1939.

Reception

Not only did the film receive negative reviews, but it also was a commercial bomb, grossing an untold amount of money out of a budget of $100,000, which adjusted for inflation would be approximately $1.6 million in 2013. Additionally, it also was included in The Golden Turkey Awards, and was also featured on a bottom-10 list in The Book of Lists. Years later, The Terror of Tiny Town was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.
In 1986, the movie was featured in an episode of the Canned Film Festival.< name="lat860610"/>
The film was erenced in the season 8 episode of M*A*S*H*, Morale Victory, incorrectly called "Terror in the Tiny Town".

See also

  • Even Dwarfs Started Small – German film featuring an all-dwarf cast
  • List of films in the public domain
  • List of Columbia Pictures films
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Category:1938 films
Category:1930s Western (genre) films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Sam Newfield
Category:Western (genre) comedy films
Category:American Western (genre) films

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