The Terror of Tiny Town
|The Terror of Tiny Town|
|Directed by||Sam Newfield|
|Produced by||Jed Buell (producer)
Abe Meyer (associate producer)
Bert Sternbach (associate producer)
|Written by||Fred Myton (writer)
Clarence Marks (additional dialogue)
|Editing by||Martin G. Cohn
Richard G. Wray
|Release dates||December 1, 1938|
|Running time||62 minutes|
Using a conventional Western story with an all midget 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 ponies while roping calves.
The plot is about a cowboy helping out a beautiful ranch owner menaced by local thugs.
- 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
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 dollars 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.
The film was referenced in the season 8 episode of M*A*S*H*, Morale Victory, incorrectly called "Terror in the Tiny Town".
- Margulies, Lee (June 10, 1986). "'Canned Film Festival' on TV, Worst of the Big Screen On Its Way". Los Angeles Times. p. 10. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
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