The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Latest News from the Feejees - 5

Ah, the joys of squandered time! I just stumbled on the end of the 1958 revenge-oater, Terror in a Texas Town. My on-screen guide summary mentioned oil and a man with a harpoon, then I saw Sterling Hayden hefting a harpoon the way Alan Ladd caressed his six-shooter in Shane, so I un-muted the TV.

The bad guy's hired gun is intimidating the locals so he can get their land (and oil). Sterling Hayden plays a retired Swedish whaleman or something, who has a particular affection for his own harpoon. Yadda, yadda, yadda. There's a climactic showdown in the dusty street.

The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo, while he was blacklisted, so it may be better than I'm making it sound. You can buy the DVD from Amazon ($3.98 new!), or just enjoy the incredible (the only apt word) finale here...

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