The Terror of Tiny Town

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The Terror of Tiny Town
The Terror of Tiny Town FilmPoster.jpeg
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)
Starring See below
Cinematography Mack Stengler
Edited by Martin G. Cohn
Richard G. Wray
Release dates
December 1, 1938
Running time
62 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100,000 (estimated)
The Terror of Tiny Town

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 Western with an all-dwarf 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 dwarf cowboys galloping around on Shetland ponies while roping calves.

Plot summary[edit]

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

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, released in 1939.


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.[1]

The film was referenced in the season 8 episode of M*A*S*H, "Morale Victory", incorrectly called Terror in the Tiny Town.

Clips from the movie appear in Hal Ketchum's music video, 'Small Town Saturday Night'.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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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