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Busses Roar (1942)

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A saboteur tries to place a bomb on a bus.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Travis ...
Sergeant Ryan
Julie Bishop ...
Reba Richards
Charles Drake ...
Eddie Sloan
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Richard Fraser ...
Dick Remick
Peter Whitney ...
Frederick Hoff
Detective Quinn
Willie Best ...
Rex Williams ...
Jerry Silva
Harry Lewis ...
Bill Kennedy ...
The Moocher
George Meeker ...
Nick Stoddard
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Dipper
Harry C. Bradley ...
Henry Dipper


A group of Japanese spies plan to blow up a San Francisco-bound bus in the hopes that the flames of the explosion will act as a guide to a lurking enemy submarine to shell one of the valuable CAlifornia oil fields. Among the many passengers is Reba Richards (Julie Bishop)who inadvertently carries the bomb in her suitcase. She discovers it and, with the aid of a United States Marine, Sergeant Ryan (Richard Travis), works to squelch the bomb and trap the culprits. Written by Les Adams <>

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Plot Keywords:

bus | bomb | spy | oil field | submarine | See more »


Trapped! Marine captures spy on speeding bus! See more »


Drama | Romance | War






Release Date:

19 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buses Roar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to plural spelling of bus ("buses", with one s) that appears in most dictionaries, the title is misspelled. As is, "busses" would refer to plural form of "buss" - an old-fashioned word for a kiss. See more »


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A terrific product of the times!
4 June 2013 | by (Chatsworth) – See all my reviews

(How could they get this all the way out without someone realizing they had misspelled "Buses"?)

I loved this movie. You need to remember that in 1942, panic and hysteria were the order of the day along the West Coast, and in fact a Japanese submarine surfaced and shelled the Ellwood Oil Field off Santa Barbara on the night of 23 February. The next night, there was a mysterious episode in which gunners fired antiaircraft guns into the skies over LA, thinking there were unseen Japanese aircraft attacking them.

Even tho there were none, this came to be called The Battle of Los Angeles. Given the times, this movie is perfect.

"Busses (sic) Roar" is richly laced with fascinating characters, and as the movie unfolds, you begin to wonder where they are all going to come together.

The film succeeds in loading the bus with believable, identifiable people, and when peril ensues, you fear for them.

I caught this on TCM on 03 June 2013, and if it comes on again, I'll make it a point to watch.

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