Western

TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN. 1958

Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



There is a film noirish quality to this tale, handsomely photographed in black & white. When the hero of the piece (Sterling Hayden speaking in a laughable Swedish accent) speaks of the farmers' one enemy as being Fear, & if they could all overcome their fear they could overcome the terror that hovers over all of them forcing them from their land, one can't help but realize blacklisted author Dalton Trumbo (fronted by Ben Perry) means Joseph McCarthy.

Alas there's not much else about this B-western that is interesting. It is a string of simple western cliches marking time until we get to an ending which provides a slightly unique showdown in the street, swede vs leather-pants bad-guy. In general everyone seemed to be on benzodrine, acting in monotones, never coming alive on the screen.

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