The Terror of Tiny Town

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The Terror of Tiny Town
The Terror of Tiny Town FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed bySam Newfield
Produced byJed Buell (producer)
Abe Meyer (associate producer)
Bert Sternbach (associate producer)
Written byFred Myton (writer)
Clarence Marks (additional dialogue)
StarringSee below
CinematographyMack Stengler
Editing byMartin G. Cohn
Richard G. Wray
Release datesDecember 1, 1938
Running time62 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100,000 (estimated)
 
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The Terror of Tiny Town
The Terror of Tiny Town FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed bySam Newfield
Produced byJed Buell (producer)
Abe Meyer (associate producer)
Bert Sternbach (associate producer)
Written byFred Myton (writer)
Clarence Marks (additional dialogue)
StarringSee below
CinematographyMack Stengler
Editing byMartin G. Cohn
Richard G. Wray
Release datesDecember 1, 1938
Running time62 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100,000 (estimated)

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-midget cast.

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.

Plot summary[edit]

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

Cast[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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.

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".

References[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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