Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Terror in a Texas Town (1958)





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This unique western has a small cult following. It is the tale of a Swedish whaler who returns from a voyage to find that avaricious landgrabber and would-be oil baron Johnny Crale has killed his father. In the end, the adversaries have a showdown. The villain carries a gun; the hero his trusty harpoon.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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United Artists

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Sterling Hayden
as George Hansen
Sebastian Cabot
as Ed McNeil
Carol Kelly
as Molly
Eugene Martin
as Pepe Mirada
Eugenio Martín
as Pepe Mirada
Ned Young
as Johnny Crale
Victor Millan
as Jose Mirada
Ann Varela
as Rosa Mirada
Sheb Wooley
as Baxter
James Russell
as Johnson
Jamie Russell
as Johnson
Tyler McVey
as Sheriff Stoner
Ted Stanhope
as Sven Hansen
Gil Lamb
as Barnaby
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Critic Reviews for Terror in a Texas Town

All Critics (3)

Blistering left wing Western, with unique surreal final showdown.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Had style and the expressions of an auteur filmmaker to make it standout from other westerns.

Full Review… | September 26, 2001
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August 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Terror in a Texas Town


the oddest western i've seen since 'johnny guitar' and once again sterling hayden is featured. his committed performance as a swedish whaler is what keeps this film together, in spite of his pretty laughable accent. and that final scene, well what can we say? it's the only old west showdown with a whaling harpoon. you'll just have to see it for yourself. the last film from the low budget director of 'gun crazy' and 'the big combo' is really fun

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

REALLY good B western. Maybe the only film where Sterling Hayden smiles and definitely the only movie where a man brings a WHALE HARPOON to a gun fight. Great direction, editing and cinematography to boot!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Oh my - I can't believe I watched the whole thing. Possibly the most bizarre western ever made. Written by Dalton Trumbo under a fictitious name, it appears that Sterling Hayden spent about 5 minutes practicing talking like a Swede before he was being filmed. Absolutely awful. Nothing like a harpooner in a Texas town - I am still waiting for the terror (but the laughter will surely get in the way). Some say it is a comment on McCarthyism. I think they should be checking their precious bodily fluids with Mr. Hayden.

kevin hobbs
kevin hobbs

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