Thursday, July 7, 2005

Terror of Tiny Town - Just Another Bad Western

Box cover of the Terror of Tiny Town
After being on my to-buy list for over a year, I ran across a copy of The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) while out shopping with a friend and I'm sad to say it's just another bad western. I watched through the whole thing (about an hour) and aside from the obvious schtick of a few midgets and a few short jokes.

The plot is more or less a range war between two families caused by an evil bandit who has designs on taking over all the cattle in the valley. Through some basic trickery each of the families think the other is rustling their cattle. Of course, there's the usual love story between the hero son of one family and the damsel in the other family, all ending in a suspense filled fistfight between the protagonist and antagonist.

It's sad that after so long of waiting to see this movie it turns out to be a perfectly ordinary western just played by midgets. There are so many better midget movies out there I'm sad I paid a whole $8 for this dvd. While certainly an oddity, it doesn't qualify as a so-bad-it's-good movie.

Other reviews of this movie:
TV Guide Online Movie Database *
Film Threat, Phil Hall ***

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