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  • Actors: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola, Nedrick Young
  • Directors: Joseph H. Lewis
  • Writers: Ben Perry, Dalton Trumbo
  • Producers: Carrol Sax, Frank N. Seltzer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: May 20 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PX7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,078 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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United Artists presents "TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN" (September 1958) (80 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- This near-legendary western stars Sterling Hayden as George Hanson, the son of a Swedish seaman-turned-farmer (Ted Stanhope) --- When he runs afoul of town boss Ed McNeil (Sebastian Cabot), Hanson's father is gunned down by McNeil's henchman Johnny Crale (Ned Young) --- Knowing full well that he can expect no help from the town's corrupt sheriff (Tyler McVey), Hanson takes matters into his own hands --- Tension mounts steadily until the unforgettable climactic showdown, wherein Hanson arms himself with a harpoon! --- Extremely well written by Ben L. Perry (ghosting for Dalton Trumbo)

The duel of Hayden against Young, where Hayden is using a harpoon is extremely well filmed --- Considering its low ambitions "Terror in a Texas Town" is quite an accomplishment.

Terror in a Texas Town was one of the last directorial efforts of cult favorite Joseph H. Lewis

Under the production staff of:
Joseph H. Lewis [Director]
Dalton Trumbo [Written by) (front Ben L. Perry)
Ben Perry (front for Dalton Trumbo) (as Ben L. Perry)
Carrol Sax [Associate Producer]
Frank N. Seltzer [Producer]
Gerald Fried [Original Music]
Ray Rennahan [Cinematographer]
Stefan Arnsten [Film Editor]
Frank Sullivan [Film Editor]
William Ferrari [Art Director]

BIOS:
1. Joseph H. Lewis [Director]
Date of Birth: 6 April 6 1907 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 30 August 30 2000 - Santa Monica, California

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These are the kind of movies you discover in your quest to own every western ever made. Man oh man, where to begin?
Ok, hang on...I have to stop giggling first. I dont think I've ever seen the Shrimp and Lobster Platter being served up in a saloon before but I suppose that's supposed to be a metaphor for something. Sebastian Cabot makes for a decent fancyman villain but it's hard to look classy when you're scarfing down the seafood feast. And he's got a black threaded gunman that is doing a pretty good Dr.No imitation complete with a steel right hand and long black leather toxic chemical disposal gloves. Somebody discovered oil, you see, so Sebastian has got Dr.No running around killing everybody and stealing their land. Makes sense right? Probably weren't enough U-Haul trailers to go around back then so most people just opted for a bullet.
The master plan was cranking right along until Dr.No went to visit this old Swedish guy that confronted Dr.No with a harpoon. You can see where this is headed. I guess this must have reminded Dr.No how he lost his hand to a big mouth bass or something cause he got real mad and pumped about 14 rounds into the old fella while he was laying face down in the dirt. We never learned how proficient he may have been in his younger days looking for Moby Dicks and stuff. Enter funeral durge.
Sterling Heyden finally gets to town wearing a suit that is about 2 sizes too small so he has to keep pulling his vest down over his belt. Another metaphor....Hmmmnn? The accent is hilarious and would be like Bela Lugosi playing an Apache or something. Anyway, he wants some details but the sheriff tells him it's all a mystery and he can't go to his father's ranch onacounta all that yellow tape and the Patriot Act and all.
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They all came here to see blood June 3 2005
By Steven Hellerstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Dressed in a squared-off bowler, a wool jacket that doesn't cover his wrists, a stubby tie and sporting a painfully off-key Swedish accent, Sterling Hayden is an unlikely western hero. That ten-foot steel tipped harpoon he carries around doesn't help to buff the image much, either. Then again TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN is an unlikely western. Scripted by blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo (Ben Perry received credit), it's ostensibly about a land robber (Sebastian Cabot as Ed McNeil) using means fair and foul (Ned Young as hired-gun Johnny Crale) to buy out the homesteaders in the small community of Prairie City, Texas. It's also about standing united against injustice, and not letting fear conquer integrity.

Hayden's George Hansen comes to the Prairie City after twenty years at sea to reunite with his father and help him on the farm the elder Hansen built in his absence. It was a farm coveted by McNeil as well, and hired goon Crale saw to the "Or else" part when McNeil's offer to buy it from the elder Hansen was rebuffed. The cowed community is too intimidated by McNeil to stand up to him, strength in unity or not. It's up to the foreign outsider to discover who murdered his father - the McNeil owned sheriff isn't going to tell, and the otherwise good folks don't want to get involved.

I'm not usually a great fan of the message westerns of the fifties. However noble it was to fight McCarthyism, it doesn't usually make for an interesting story - too many cowardly and townspeople for my tastes, too self-righteous a tone. Half the time I find myself rooting for the bad guy. TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN is all that, to be sure, but the acting is generally strong, the musical score is interesting, and the pace doesn't relax too much. If the movie has to preach at me, at least this one offers an interestingly illustrated sermon.

If Hayden is a little stony and robotic in the lead, Cabot is wonderfully malicious as the velvet gloved big money bad guy and the relatively unknown Ned Young (looks a little like Humphrey Bogart) is beautifully understated as the steel-fisted thug. The movie also contains one of the oddest curtain closing shootout in western movie history. Strong recommendation for this little gem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terror in a Texas Town Sept. 22 2010
By THE BLUEMAHLER - Published on Amazon.com
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Writer Dalton Trumbo was one of the infamous Hollywood 10, that list of 10 Hollywood screenwriters whose political leanings got them blacklisted, jailed and kicked out of a guild they helped create. Hollywood did to them what the Germans did the "degenerate artists" twenty years before. Trumbo was probably the best of these writers and wrote a mind boggling number of excellent scripts, from his bathtub, as he smoked through 6 packs of cigarettes with his parrot on his shoulder, cheering him on. Only such an eccentric original could have fashioned Terror in a Texas Town (1958). Team Trumbo with B-movie maestro Joseph "Wagon Wheel" H. Lewis and a cast of idiosyncratic character actors and you get a peach of movie such as this.

Trumbo wasn't the only victim of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) associated with this film. Actors Ned Young and Sterling Hayden were also called before the committee. Young was also a screenwriter. Jailhouse Rock (1957), The Defiant Ones(1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), and The Train (1964) are among his credits, most of which he wrote under pseudonyms. Young refused to cooperate with the HUAC and was blacklisted as well. Hayden caved into the committee and gave them what they wanted, which cost him much in the long run. All this has given Terror in a Texas Town a cult status as a quirky reaction to the HUAC. The reputation is well-deserved.

The film opens to George Fried's bizarre score as Swede George Hansen (Sterling Hayden) walks down a dirt road in the middle of Prairie City, Texas. George is mad as hell, he means business and he's carrying a big whaling harpoon over his shoulder to prove it. George is followed by bloodthirsty, local farmers who are mad as hell, too.

They meet up with the object of their anger; southpaw gunslinger Johnny Crale (Ned Young, uncannily resembling Bogart and dressed from head to toe in black). Johnny is ready to face and kill George. Johnny taunts George, "You're a little too far away. Come a little bit closer. You wouldn't want to disappoint your friends. They all came here to see blood. Come a little bit closer so they can see. I want to give you a fighting chance. Five steps. One step, Hansen." George hangs his head in shame. It seems this is something he cannot go through with.

Titles roll through a typical Lewis shot of wagon wheel spokes. The farming townspeople are being bullied and driven out by local oil baron Ed McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, projecting slimy finesse in excellent form). McNeil likes the finer things in life and that includes women, food, champagne and land ownership; but the local farmers are uncooperative when it comes to their land, which McNeil wants to mine. McNeil utilizes the talents of gunslinger Johnny to get his dirty deeds done. Pa Hansen is one of those farmers, and he is murdered by Johnny. Pa's employee, Jose (Victor Millan, also in excellent form) witnesses the murder, but his wife wants him to remain silent. At this point, Terror in a Texas Town may seem like a formulaic movie, but underneath the surface this is a bleak film, dripping in cynical parody. That becomes apparent when Pa's son, George, arrives in Prairie City after being at sea for 19 years. George is returning to help his Pa, until he learns the awful truth that his Daddy has been shot and killed. With no help from the townspeople, George intends to find out who killed his Pa and why.

Both the Sheriff and McNeil attempt to coerce George into leaving, but his stubborn refusal brings Johnny in to handle the situation. George befriends Jose and his family, who also are being threatened to leave. After Crane and McNeil's thugs beat Hansen and put him on a train out of town, Hansen walks all the way back, bloodied and more persistent than ever. Jose is inspired by Hansen and makes his stand. Millan gives a powerhouse performance as Jose when he overcomes his fear and faces Crane, knowing full well that Crane will kill him. The ruthless Crane does just that, but he is shaken by Jose's courage. Young is equally superb in this scene and, little doubt, reacted to Millan's Jose by tapping into his own courage when he faced the Hollywood inquisitors. Young makes Crane one of the most interesting, classic western villains, who can stand alongside Lee Marvin's Liberty Valance and Jack Palance's Jack Wilson. Crane's girlfriend, Molly (Carol Kelly) tells him that she stays with him because she can look up to see someone lower than herself. Molly is very attuned to irony. She sees Johnny as an anachronism, forced for years to use his left hand after his right hand was rendered useless in a gunfight. "You're no good anymore," she says, hinting at something far more than a paralyzed gun hand. Johnny knows it too; he's a savage killer riddled with angst.

Aptly, George rallies support in a local church, grabs his Pa's whaling harpoon and heads to one of the strangest shoot-outs in screen history. It's an odd finale to an equally odd film and film career (it was Lewis' final film). Terror in a Texas Town arrived at the tail end of a politically troubled decade made for this American genre. It makes for a helluva showdown.

*My review was originally published at 366 weird movies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Terror in a Texas Town (1958) ... Sterling Hayden ... Joseph H. Lewis (Director) (2003)" Jan. 11 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
United Artists presents "TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN" (September 1958) (80 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- This near-legendary western stars Sterling Hayden as George Hanson, the son of a Swedish seaman-turned-farmer (Ted Stanhope) --- When he runs afoul of town boss Ed McNeil (Sebastian Cabot), Hanson's father is gunned down by McNeil's henchman Johnny Crale (Ned Young) --- Knowing full well that he can expect no help from the town's corrupt sheriff (Tyler McVey), Hanson takes matters into his own hands --- Tension mounts steadily until the unforgettable climactic showdown, wherein Hanson arms himself with a harpoon! --- Extremely well written by Ben L. Perry (ghosting for Dalton Trumbo)

The duel of Hayden against Young, where Hayden is using a harpoon is extremely well filmed --- Considering its low ambitions "Terror in a Texas Town" is quite an accomplishment.

Terror in a Texas Town was one of the last directorial efforts of cult favorite Joseph H. Lewis

Under the production staff of:
Joseph H. Lewis [Director]
Dalton Trumbo [Written by) (front Ben L. Perry)
Ben Perry (front for Dalton Trumbo) (as Ben L. Perry)
Carrol Sax [Associate Producer]
Frank N. Seltzer [Producer]
Gerald Fried [Original Music]
Ray Rennahan [Cinematographer]
Stefan Arnsten [Film Editor]
Frank Sullivan [Film Editor]
William Ferrari [Art Director]

BIOS:
1. Joseph H. Lewis [Director]
Date of Birth: 6 April 6 1907 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 30 August 30 2000 - Santa Monica, California

2. Sterling Hayden [aka: Sterling Relyea Walter]
Date of Birth: 26 March 1916- Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Death: 23 May 1986 - Sausalito , California

the cast includes:
Sterling Hayden - George Hansen
Sebastian Cabot - Ed McNeil
Carol Kelly - Molly
Eugene Mazzola - Pepe Mirada
Nedrick Young - Johnny Crale
Victor Millan - Jose Mirada
Frank Ferguson - Deacon Matt Holmes
Marilee Earle -Mona Stacey

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 80 min on DVD ~ United Artists ~ (05/20/2003)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
JOSEPH H. LEWIS, OPUS 38 Dec 7 2011
By Daniel S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a kind of baroque pre - spaghetti western save the fact that it was shot in the U.S.A. and directed by a genuine American native. From the frenzied opening credits showing backwards the main scenes of the film to the final duel between a black-robed iron-handed (in the literal sense of the term) gunfighter and a Swedish whale hunter armed with a gig, this film is a masterpiece. Ja.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great story line March 31 2011
By Rick Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a great b-western movie. It's no top notch, but it is pretty good with Sterling Hayden plus other famous actors. It may not have the best actors, but it's still good.

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