• Can you really bring a harpoon to shoot-out?

Over the weekend, the programmers at Northwest Chicago Film Society announced that they replaced Wednesday night’s 7:30 PM screening of The Halliday Brand with another western from director Joseph H. Lewis, Terror in a Texas Town. It’s one of the strangest examples of the genre, featuring a climactic scene in which Sterling Hayden brings a harpoon to a main-street showdown. The rest of the movie is pretty weird too: among the highlights are Hayden speaking with a Swedish accent and gloomy conversations about seafaring life that suggest the influence of Eugene O’Neill. (Come to think of it, this would make an interesting double feature with John Ford’s O’Neill adaptation The Long Voyage Home.)