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The Red Menace (1949)

The Red Menace (1949)

The Red Menace

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One of the most famous of the anti-communist tracts of the late 1940s, Republic's The Red Menace plays like a merciless lampoon of the genre when seen today. After a portentous introduction by one Lloyd G. Davies, described as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, the film concentrates on disgruntled ex-GI Bill Jones (Robert Rockwell). Having been victimized by crooked real estate agents, Jones turns to the government for help, only to come away empty-handed and mad as a wet hen. Obviously, the susceptible Jones is ripe for plucking by the American Communist Party. Using slogans, bribes and even sex to recruit disenfranchised souls like Jones, the dirty Reds hope to spread their poison to the entire U.S. of A. Fortunately, Jones and another commie dupe, schoolteacher Nina Petrovka (Hanne Axman), smarten up just in time. The HUAC and Joe McCarthy needn't have searched so diligently for subversives: according to The Red Menace, all they would have had to do was arrest anyone wearing a baggy suit or sporting a bad haircut. Some modern-day viewers begin laughing the moment the opening title of Red Menace, wherein an animated octopus wraps its tentacles around the Free World, fades into view.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gerald Geraghty, Albert E. DeMond
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On DVD: Feb 26, 2013
Runtime:
Republic

Cast

Robert Rockwell
as Bill Jones
Hannelore Axman
as Nina Petrovka
Hanne Axman
as Nina Petrovka
Shepard Menken
as Henry Solomon
Barbara Fuller
as Mollie O'Flaherty
Barbra Fuller
as Mollie O'Flaherty
Betty Lou Gerson
as Yvonne Kraus
James Harrington
as Martin Vejac
Lester Luther
as Earl Partridge
Bill Lally
as Jack Tyler
Kay Reihl
as Mrs. O'Flaherty
Mary DeGolyer
as Proprietress
Leo Cleary
as Father O'Leary
Napoleon Simpson
as Tom Wright
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The ultimate laughable Red-scare film.

Full Review… | April 20, 2005
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