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The Red Menace (1949)

The Red Menace (1949)





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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.
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Robert Rockwell
as Bill Jones
Hanne Axman
as Nina Petrovka
Hannelore Axman
as Nina Petrovka
Shepard Menken
as Henry Solomon
Barbra Fuller
as Mollie O'Flaherty
Barbara 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
Royal Raymond
as Benson
Gregg Martell
as Schultz
Mary DeGolyer
as Proprietress
Leo Cleary
as Father O'Leary
Norman Budd
as Reachi
Napoleon Simpson
as Tom Wright
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The ultimate laughable Red-scare film.

Full Review… | April 20, 2005
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