Film #317: TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN
Terror in a Texas Town
3 out of 5 stars
A most unusual Western. Sterling Hayden plays a Swedish whaler who’s come home live with his father who has a bit of land. When he arrives, he finds his father murdered as a result of a land grab by the mustache-twirling Sebastian Cabot and his cronies. The weird thing about this film though is that Hayden never really goes off as you would expect him to. His size denotes that he could handle himself physically, but he seems to want to adhere to his new home’s laws. The most surreal moment though is Hayden walking to what he knows will be a showdown in the street armed with only a whaling harpoon. The image is one of the most bizarre things you’ll see in a Western. Other than that, the plot is fairly by-the-book with Cabot ultimately getting him and his crony dispatched in spectacular fashion. Still, it’s such an odd little film (in a good way) and Hayden is just magic in the role. Thanks go out to Philip Nutman for turning me onto this little gem!