THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN (1958)  

This is a powerful story and deserves to be seen - there is a small cult following around this film.  This unique western centers on a Texas town dominated by a land baron (Sebastian Cabot of Family Affair).  He is buying up all of the land around the town but practically nothing.  You see, he knows there’s oil in the properties.  And those that will not sell – he has his man Johnny Crale (Ned Young) kill them.  After gunning down a Swedish immigrant, his son arrives unexpectedly and says the land is his.  That immigrant is played by Sterling Hayden with a lousy accent but a strong presence.  Now they have to deal with him.  This film makes a lot of points about men sticking together to oppose an evil force (they don’t) and there is a great performance by Victor Millan as a poor Mexican farmer who finally decided to stand up for what’s right.  He is killed by Crale but the experience of finding a man who wasn’t afraid to die shakes him to his core.  The movie opens with Hayden carrying a whaling harpoon to the center of town for a showdown with Crale, one of the most unusual sequences you’ll even see in a western.  Many involved in this film were blacklisted and it was written by the great Dalton Trumbo under a friend’s name.  There’s a lot going on in Terror in a Texas Town that could be compared to the McCarthy witch hunts, which makes this film even more powerful with that subtext.  Another great restoration by Arrow Video.

 

TLA one-word review: powerful