The Terror of Tiny Town

The Terror of Tiny Town

This is raw exploitation. Visual "jokes" abound, and all of them at the expense of the dwarf/LP actors. It's disgusting. I had a vain hope that there would be some humanity here, but the film takes its time ogling mockingly the actors in situations that emphasize their statures. The story never addresses this--the joke is entirely that they are LP in a big world with no sign of taller people. "Isn't it funny to watch them crawl into small spaces?!" it seems to say, over and over again.

It makes me feel dirty, then, to have to say that the performances were kinda terrible, too. The singing is kinda bad despite the songs' being catchy enough, and the acting is wooden. Not that I can lay blame on the actors, entirely, as the script is corny at best and pointless at worst. The plot is standard fare, and if executed with anything other than an eye to exploitation, it might have had some moments. Instead, all of the energy in this film is directed at mockery.

The strange thing is, as I watched, I found myself rooting for the actors. Everything ever written about this mentions that many of them were in The Wizard of Oz. I hope they found better careers after that.

December count: 34/100.