Red Nightmare

Film, Thrillers
This slice of Hollywood paranoia, never actually released, dates from the Red Scare period following the Cuban missile crisis, and was 'personally supervised' by Jack L Warner for the Department of Defence, to remind every American not taking sufficient interest in their local PTA that 'responsibilities are a privilege'. With an omnipresent Jack Webb acting as thought-control personified, the film hilariously scuttles its own thesis all the way down the line. The uniformed Reds who actually turn up in some poor Mid-Town Joe's dream not only take over his community, but turn his family into automatons, march his daughter off to work farm, close the Sunday School, up his piecework quota, and - final straw - claim to have invented the telephone! Tantrums inevitably lead to a show trial and a quick bullet. Awakening, on the other hand, brings everyday American sweetness and light - and just as inevitably, another cautionary lecture from Webb. Hysterical, indeed.

By: PT

Release details

Duration: 29 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Waggner
Cast: Jack Webb
Jack Kelly
Jeanne Cooper
Peter Breck
Robert Conrad

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a past relevance to a reality check of even today for the masses in terms attribution error. it is a twilight zone reality check reminds me of joseph mccarthy i like the fact that warner brothers worked with the department of defence on that reality check but it is even a psychologic thriller in a 30 min time limit it was interesting because it shows exemplifies freedom safely Bill, state university student