Watch The Terror of Tiny Town
- 1 hr 2 min
The Terror of Tiny Town, released in 1938, is a unique Western film that stands out for its cast of all little people actors, the only known feature film to do so. The film, directed by Sam Newfield, is a parody of classic westerns, complete with romantic subplots, musical numbers, and comedy. The film takes place in a miniature town called "Tiny Town," where all the citizens are little people. As the film begins, we see a group of bandits riding towards Tiny Town, led by Bat Haines (portrayed by Billy Curtis). The bandits plan to take over the town and its resources, but the citizens of Tiny Town are not willing to back down so easily. The sheriff, Marshal Tex (Little Billy Rhodes), rallies the townsfolk and plans a defense against the oncoming threat. The movie features a mix of comedy and action as the citizens of Tiny Town fight off the bandits in a variety of ways, including a shootout at the OK Corral-esque sequence, and lots of fistfights. Throughout the film, there are also romantic subplots involving the lovely Nancy Preston (Yvonne Moray) and two different suitors vying for her attention, a cowboy and a singer. The cast of The Terror of Tiny Town is made up entirely of little people actors, which sets it apart from other westerns of the time. However, despite the novelty of the cast, the film itself doesn't make a big deal out of their size, treating them like any other actors. In fact, it's fair to say that the size of the actors almost becomes an afterthought as the film progresses and the story takes over. The movie's cinematography is also noteworthy. The filmmakers used a variety of techniques to make the sets appear larger than they were, including forced perspective, small-scale versions of props, and special effects. The result is a film that looks much more expensive than it actually was. The Terror of Tiny Town also features a number of musical numbers throughout the film. Some of these are comedic, like the bandits singing a song about robbing banks. Others are a little more serious, like the romantic duets between Nancy and her suitors. The music in the film adds to the light-hearted tone of the film, and the songs are catchy enough to stick in your head long after the credits have rolled. Overall, The Terror of Tiny Town is a unique piece of entertainment that stands out for the novelty of its all-little people cast. Although it's a parody of classic westerns, it stands on its own as an enjoyable film with plenty of action, romance, and comedy. The film's timelessness can be attributed to the fact that it wasn't just filmed with little people but they took on the same roles as their 'normal-sized' counterparts. Despite the filmâs age, it's an enjoyable movie that's worth watching for the pure novelty of seeing an entire cast of little people acting out a Western-style film.