Legend has it that two producers were joking around one day about how using midgets to make movie would make set-building and costume budgets cost less.
In 1938, they made good on that “joke” by producing this “novelty picture”: a western starring an all-midget cast (save for the announcer at the beginning used for “size comparison”):
The Terror of Tiny Town
Billed as a ‘Rollicking, Rootin, Tootin, Shootin Drama of the Great Outdoors”, the film starred Billy Curtis, who was one of the Munchkins on The Wizard of Oz (where he reportedly hit on Judy Garland repeatedly) and went on to have a long and distinguished career in Hollywood. One of is most memorable roles is as the appointed sheriff in the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter.
If anything, the “midgets” fare pretty well in the film. The low budget production values and exploitative nature of the film is what is good for a laugh but anyone looking to poke fun AT the little people should just move along.
I should, however, leave you with this warning:
WARNING! This picture contains singing in what seems to be an atmosphere composed mainly of Helium.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Children of all ages,
I give you the classic The Terror of Tiny Town. In it’s entirety:
Pain Level: 6/10 – 9/10 when they burst into song!
Quality of Pain: Like a very tiny saddle sore.