Strange Holiday (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  2 September 1946 (USA)
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A man returns from a trip to find fascists have taken over the U.S. government.



(radio play "This Precious Freedom"), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Stebbins ...
John Stevenson, Jr. (as Bobbie Stebbins)
Barbara Bate ...
Peggy Lee (Violet) Stevenson
Paul Hilton ...
Mrs. (Jean) Stevenson
Milton Kibbee ...
Sam Morgan
Walter White Jr. ...
Wally Maher ...
Truck Driver
Tommy Cook ...
Tommy, the Newsboy
Griff Barnett ...
Edwin Max ...
First Detective (as Ed Max)
Paul Dubov ...
Second Detective
Helen Mack ...
Miss Sims, Secretary
Charles McAvoy ...
Leonard, the Guard (as Charles Mc Avoy)


Businessman John Stevenson returns from a camping holiday in the mountains to discover the whole of America has been taken over by foreign invaders. His family has been taken away and he is thrown into prison and must come to terms with the new USA. Written by Col Needham <>

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2 September 1946 (USA)  »

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Terror on Main Street  »

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This was the movie that Dr. Samuel Sheppard and his wife Marilyn were watching with friends the night that she was murdered. This case was said to have inspired the TV series The Fugitive (1963). See more »

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A reminder that freedom should not be taken for granted
9 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a great fan of Claude Rains so I enjoyed viewing this new (for me) film by such a fine actor who brings a dire warning message home to us. His perplexity and inability to comprehend what has transpired in the everyday world around him when he returns from a fishing holiday reveals a straight-line kind of thinking that sadly is quickly overturned when disaster has occurred.

The progress of the story, of complete alienation from routine life as he'd known it, made me realize how fortunate we are in N. America not to have experienced the oppression of an invading army such as what many small countries in Europe suffered in WW2 under the Nazis.

I don't know all the dates but it seems this film could have more logically fit into the period of wartime efforts to support 'the cause', as it has a propaganda ring to it which is ineffectual if coming after the war had already ended.

The Orwellian film "Nineteen Eighty Four" also has a similar message of individual oppression although there it's in the form of Big Brother.

Mention in the movie of Friday the 13th made me notice on my calendar that this week has a Friday 13th upcoming (December 2013). Small world at times!

"Strange Holiday" is a reality-check story with a message and there's nothing weird about it when properly understood. Just be thankful in the West that you've never been invaded by an oppressor.

This is a worthwhile film to add to one's collection particularly for Claude Rains fans.

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