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Terror In A Texas Town
  • Description

    For his 41st and final feature film, Joseph H. Lewis was able to combine the two genres in which he had excelled. The man in the director s chair for My Name is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy and The Big Combo, Lewis was one of the all-time greats in film noir. But he was also a fine director of Westerns, having made A Lawless Street, 7th Cavalry and The Halliday Brand, all of which especially the last remain underrated. Terror in a Texas Town would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works.

    McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, The Time Machine) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land, McNeil hires a gunman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young, who would pen the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Defiant Ones the same year), resulting in the death of a former whaler. The dead man s son, George Hansen (Sterling Hayden, The Killing), arrives in town to inherit the farm and set the stage for revenge armed with only his father s old harpoon...

    Terror in a Texas Town was written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted by the film industry and forced to write under pseudonyms or to use fronts . Two years before he helped break the blacklist with on-screen credits for Otto Preminger s Exodus and Stanley Kubrick s Spartacus, his work was credited to Ben Perry, but it demonstrates a psychological depth and political dimension that is undoubtedly that of Trumbo.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

    • Brand-new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
    • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy
    • Scene-select commentaries by Stanfield
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
    • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Glenn Kenny
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan
    Director:
    Joseph H. Lewis
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    80 mins approx.
    studio:
    Arrow Video
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1958

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  • Description

    For his 41st and final feature film, Joseph H. Lewis was able to combine the two genres in which he had excelled. The man in the director s chair for My Name is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy and The Big Combo, Lewis was one of the all-time greats in film noir. But he was also a fine director of Westerns, having made A Lawless Street, 7th Cavalry and The Halliday Brand, all of which especially the last remain underrated. Terror in a Texas Town would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works.

    McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, The Time Machine) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land, McNeil hires a gunman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young, who would pen the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Defiant Ones the same year), resulting in the death of a former whaler. The dead man s son, George Hansen (Sterling Hayden, The Killing), arrives in town to inherit the farm and set the stage for revenge armed with only his father s old harpoon...

    Terror in a Texas Town was written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted by the film industry and forced to write under pseudonyms or to use fronts . Two years before he helped break the blacklist with on-screen credits for Otto Preminger s Exodus and Stanley Kubrick s Spartacus, his work was credited to Ben Perry, but it demonstrates a psychological depth and political dimension that is undoubtedly that of Trumbo.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

    • Brand-new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
    • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy
    • Scene-select commentaries by Stanfield
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
    • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Glenn Kenny
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan
    Director:
    Joseph H. Lewis
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Run Time:
    80 mins approx.
    studio:
    Arrow Video
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1958
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