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The Red Menace (1949)

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A disillusioned, bitter ex-GI gets involved with the Communist party, and winds up falling in love with one of his "instructors." At first true believers, they realize their mistake when ... See full summary »



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Robert Rockwell ...
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Hannelore Axman ...
Nina Petrovka (as Hanne Axman)
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Greta Bloch AKA Yvonne Kraus
Lester Luther ...
Earl Partridge
William Lally ...
Jack Tyler (as William J. Lally)
Barbra Fuller ...
Mollie O'Flaherty
Shepard Menken ...
Henry Q. Solomon
Duke Williams ...
Sam Wright
James Harrington ...
Martin Vejac
Lloyd G. Davies ...
Immigration Chief (Narrator)
Royal Raymond ...
Benson - Thug
Gregg Martell ...
Schultz - Thug
Norman Budd ...
Anthony Reachi
Leo Cleary ...
Father O'Leary
Kay Riehl ...
Mrs. O'Flaherty


A disillusioned, bitter ex-GI gets involved with the Communist party, and winds up falling in love with one of his "instructors." At first true believers, they realize their mistake when they witness Party leaders murder a member who questions the party's principles. They try to leave the party, but are marked for murder and hunted by the party's assassins. Written by

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1 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Underground Spy  »

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| (1950 re-release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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But Awful is what makes it a cult classic....
19 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My uncle told me this was the WORST film he ever directed. He was a contract director and the studio wanted him to make a movie about Communism. "This McCarthy thing seems to be catching on," he said they told him, "and we need a film quick." They gave him six weeks and $100,000 budget - an unheard-of pittance for a feature film, even in 1949. He didn't have a cast, a crew, a script, or even a story line. So he called friends who had very little screen time, knowing no "Name" actor would commit to a project like this. Besides, most of Uncle Gordon's actor friends were Western stars, like Roy Rogers.

Gordon got a writer from the studio to pen the script, but he quit half-way through filming. So he and another actor had to complete the script, adding to it as they went. At the start of each day's filming, they had no idea what they were going to do.

But, as promised, Uncle Gordon got this movie made on time and on budget.

It saddened him a little, knowing that with all his directing credits, he would probably be most remembered for the worst film he ever made. He was proud of the rest of his filmography, and enjoyed directing well into his 70's.

As for me, well, I think its kinda cool that my Great Uncle had a lot to do with the making of a cult classic. Its no Rocky Horror, Reefer Madness, or even Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, but in the genre of ridiculously bad films, Red Menace can hold its celluloid head high.

Just remember, Bud Springsteen had to work under extreme conditions to churn out a film this bad.

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