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Efrem Zimbalist Jr.,
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Philip Baker Hall,
John C. Reilly,
While very, very dated and preachy, it's an interesting window into this era.
I am a history teacher and I find a few of the comments about this movie disconcerting. While I am quick to admit that this film goes way overboard and is a good example of a propaganda film made during the so-called "Red Scare", the fears concerning Soviet domination were not unfounded--though some other reviews seem to indicate this. I remember the era and there were genuine reasons to be afraid--nuclear war seemed imminent and the Stalin years were a recent memory when the film was made, so I can see the context for RED NIGHTMARE (by the way kids, Stalin was bad...okay!). Now the likelihood of the US being invaded and everyone becoming "good little Commies" was incredibly remote to say the least, though the film did a good job showing some of the ways that a totalitarian Communist system would affect the life of a common man or woman. Of course, Jack Webb's deadly earnest delivery and style is incredibly dated when seen today--but back in 1962, the film probably did a great job of scaring the pants off the average viewer. Seen today, it's a quaint but interesting history lesson--showing insight into the thinking and fears of the average American. Because of this, I don't think just laughing the film off does justice to this well-made but a tad preachy short film.
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