A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.



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Joseph Bernard ...
Jo Helton ...
Martha Harlowe
Moria Turner ...
Mrs. Weiss
Mary Gregory ...


Dr. Bill Stockton has prepared well for any eventuality. He's built a bomb shelter for himself, his wife and his child. His neighbors on the other hand have done nothing to prepare. During a dinner party, there is an emergency announcement on the radio that unidentified objects have been sighted en route to the US and they may be under attack. As the Stockton's prepare to use their shelter their neighbors panic asking to be let into the shelter with them. Stockton refuses leading to an angry confrontation. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1961 (USA)  »

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Sandy Kenyon's character mentions going over to Bennett Avenue to get a pipe for a battering ram. Bennett Avenue is where creator Rod Serling grew up as a child in New York. See more »


The shelter door was obviously plywood (when it finally broke, one could tell it was flimsy material). Even though it was supposed to be of a heavy substance, anything that could be opened with a battering ram would not withstand an atomic blast. See more »


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Maple Street 2, just when you thought it was safe to go back in to the suburbs.
4 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The human race hits the communal self destruct button again, like in 'The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street'. Rod Serling wrote both these classics, and little known character actress Mary Gregory plays a role in both troubled streets. Again it's innate fear that's the real enemy making mankind unkind and cowardly. The hitherto friendly residents resort to judgments like 'semi-American'. Earlier Grace Stockton (Peggy Stewart) asks her husband 'Why's survival so necessary?', and this seems a rather good question if civilization is barely to survive anyway. The power of 'The Shelter' is showing us that there is one thing more frightening than the thought of nuclear devastation and that is the despicable change in people that fear alone can bring. TZ gets genuinely scary from time to time when the story could actually happen.

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