Terror in a Texas Town

Terror in a Texas Town

Joseph H Lewis (1958)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This B-western has attracted a cult following over the years. Directed by Joseph H Lewis, a former film editor best known for superb moody crime dramas such as Gun Crazy and The Big Combo, it's an extraordinary work, featuring harpoon-wielding hero Sterling Hayden facing up to black-clad gunman Ned Young. Many hardened western admirers consider the contrivances of this movie and its elegiac camera style phoney and theatrical, but there's no denying this film's originality given the obvious constraints of plot and budget. It was also one of the last films to be scripted under a pseudonym by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.


An embittered Scandinavian seaman sets out to avenge the murder of his farmer father, who was killed after refusing to bow to the demands of a ruthless land baron. Western, starring Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly and Eugene Martin.

Cast & Crew

George Hansen Sterling Hayden
Molly Carol Kelly
Pepe Mirada Eugene Martin
Ed McNeil Sebastian Cabot
Johnny Crale Nedrick Young
Jose Mirada Victor Millan
Rosa Mirada Ann Varela
Baxter Sheb Wooley
Director Joseph H Lewis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray