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The Red Menace (1949)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Rockwell ...
Bill Jones
Hannelore Axman ...
Nina Petrovka (as Hanne Axman)
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Yvonne Kraus
Barbra Fuller ...
Mollie O'Flaherty
Shepard Menken ...
Henry Solomon
Lester Luther ...
Earl Partridge
William Lally ...
Jack Tyler (as William J. Lally)
Lloyd G. Davies ...
Inspector O'Toole
Norman Budd ...
Reachi
Leo Cleary ...
Father O'Leary
Kay Riehl ...
Mrs. O'Flaherty
William Martell ...
Immigration Insp. Riggs
James Harrington ...
Martin Vejac
Duke Williams ...
Sam Wright
Napoleon Simpson ...
Tom Wright
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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 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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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equality and justice is communism - jaussa!
6 September 2015 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

When I grew up, the Iron Curtain existed. The Soviet Union was a Place that did not allow its Citizen to travel freely. And so it was easy to renounce the Place and look for no further explanations.

At the same time, communism stood for equality and class warfare, allowing for only one class, the working class, since allowing for different classes of people was just Another Word for inequality and injustice.

Now, if you could therefore renounce equality and justice by renouncing the Soviet Union, which, through communism, stood for these qualities, why, then you could defend the injustices and inequalities you wanted to keep by Calling every wish for equality and justice to be the same as a wish for communism and that is just what has been done in the USA for the last 70 years, which this film bears witness to.

The Soviet Union was a failed system but that has Little to do with communism because, although the SU called itself "communist" it was not a system of equality and justice and instead just a dictatorship ensuring that a Little Group of people had all the wealth and all the Power just like in the USA, where the same was ensured by somewhat different means.

How to achieve equality and justice is still a problem to be solved but it will never be solved by simply Writing these qualities off by Calling them "communism".

This film illustrates the propaganda being used against the American Citizen and is helpful to understand the brainwash that Americans seem to suffer from. I therefore give it 5 stars.


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