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Busses Roar (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 September 1942 (USA)
A saboteur tries to place a bomb on a bus.



(screenplay) (as George R. Bilson), (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Reba Richards
Eddie Sloan
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Richard Fraser ...
Dick Remick
Peter Whitney ...
Frederick Hoff
Detective Quinn
Willie Best ...
Rex Williams ...
Jerry Silva
The Moocher
Nick Stoddard
Mrs. Dipper
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

19 September 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mildly Interesting Propagada
3 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Buses Roar (1942)

** (out of 4)

WWII propaganda from Warner about some German and Japanese spies who plot to put a bomb on a night bus so that it can blow up by an important stretch of road that will then hamper America's efforts in the war. Buses ROAR is actually a pretty interesting "B" movie but sadly there's just not enough suspense or drama in it to make it fully work. I thought a re-write of the screenplay and someone like Hitchcock could have made this an outright classic but sadly there are just way too many problems here. For starters, the lack of any real suspense is what puts the death nail in the coffin. The opening sequence shows us the bad guys talking about why they need this bomb to go off and this here actually builds up some interest. Instead of actually getting on the bus, for the next forty-minutes we get countless scenes inside the bus station where we're introduced to the large cast of characters. By the time we finally get on the bus we're just bored out of our minds from the countless dialogue sequence and director D. Ross Lederman just never gets our interest level up. When the bad guys finally show back up at the end it's more comical than anything else and especially with how over-the-top the foreign guys are shown. Richard Travis, Eleanor Parker, Charles Drake and Julie Biship are among the cast members and all deliver fine performances. Even Willie Best gets a somewhat decent role. Still, this "B" movie is mildly interesting for its subject matter but it just never rises to a higher level.

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