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The All Midget Western
This is not an attempt to one-up Echowood's amazing Weng Weng post. I know damn well when I'm beat. I can't top that video. This is only an effort for solidarity. Midget solidarity.

In 1938, a western was made. An all midget western. Absolutely true. The masterpiece was called The Terror of Tiny Town. Again, absolutely true.

The plot was simple. A valiant miniature cowboy comes to the aid of a ranch-owning damsel in distress. It's a pretty small ranch, but still. Local three foot thugs are terrorizing the young lady. Midget in the white hat versus midgets in the black hats. It was like The Searchers except on very tiny horses. And with helium-aided dialogue.

The cast all rode Shetland ponies and were shown roping calfs and walking under the saloons swinging doors. Many of the performers went on to star in The Wizard of Oz the following year.

Do we have a clip Raoul? Roll the clip!

Fantastic. You can actually watch the film in pieces on YouTube. Part one starts here.

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my friend's uncle was one of the lollipop kids. if you mentioned munchkins around him, he flipped. fortunately, his little legs made it impossible for him to catch you.

said hobonirvana on August 27, 2008 4:11 PM.

If you haven't already seen/heard of it, look up "Even Dwarfs Started Small" a Werner Herzog film. It's possibly the strangest German All-Dwarf movie ever...it might even be the ONLY German All-Dwarf movie ever. I sat through the whole thing at a museum showing when I was in high school.

All I remember is a group of dwarfs standing around a camel laughing and shouting about how "pious" the camel was.

There's a sped up clip of the entire movie on YouTube...don't ask me what the porn noises are in the soundtrack...I don't remember that being part of the original movie.

said Notorious M.O.L. on August 27, 2008 8:50 PM.

... and the logical question ...

MOL, what kind of high school did you attend that you went to a museum to see a German Dwarf movie?

I have this picture in my mind of the teacher going into Mr. Belding's office to get approval for a field trip to a museum to watch a German Dwarf movie.

Now THAT might have kept me interested in going to class. (I ditched most of my senior year ... and still went to college. Ahhh, the late 70's ... good time, GOOD TIMES.)

said Tim on August 27, 2008 9:17 PM.

I can't tell if I like that video. Very disorienting. Confused. But thanks for sharing.


said Johnny Wright on August 27, 2008 9:23 PM.

I have been obsessed with this movie for YEARS! We had the book "The Golden Turkey Awards" when I was young and this movie was featured prominently. I was delighted to find it as part of a 20+ movie collection of "Cult Classics" that I picked up for a mere $6 at my local Big Lots.

said Karen on August 28, 2008 3:13 AM.

Is that the Oompa Loompa Western?
I think that this is the town where Mr. Wonka went when he hired the guys to work in his factory. The whole rain forest story was just an allegory.

said Leonardo Carvalho on August 28, 2008 8:33 AM.

Hey, I'm pretty sure there should have been a giant dog chasing that stage coach in the opening scene.


said Don't Swayze Bro on August 28, 2008 9:52 AM.

I went to a Catholic high school, they wouldn't have let us go to most museums...there were naked people in the paintings, after all. And as teenagers with access to the internet, we would NEVER have seen naked people or anything, noooooo.

Oh no, Tim, believe you me, I researched and went to see this film on my OWN time, dragging my friends along with me. After that night, they would never go see the movies I suggested.

said Notorious M.O.L. on August 31, 2008 10:58 AM.
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