It’s a Small World (1950)

Article 2397 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-19-2007
Posting Date: 3-5-2008
Directed by William Castle
Featuring Paul Dale, Anne Sholter, Todd Karns

A midget longs for love and acceptance in the real world, but finds it tough going.

First of all, let’s deal with the fantastic content in this movie; there is none. The only reason for its inclusion in this series is that midgets fall into the category of “freaks and deformities” that make up one of the common subjects of horror movies, and therefore nudges up against the genre close enough that one of my sources saw fit to include it. As for the movie itself, if the exploitation concept of a midget in love with a full-size woman strikes you as fascinating, you might have a use for this one. If, however, you are hoping for some new or subtle insights into what it would be like for a midget to live in this world, there is little here for you; the movie only touches on the most obvious of ideas, such as him being sensitive about being a midget. You won’t be surprised at where he ends up and how he finds love at the end of the movie. The most interesting plot development is when he joins a gang of criminals and becomes a pickpocket, though it’s not really a very convincing thing to happen. It’s not a bad movie; there’s just not much more to it than the central exploitation concept.


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