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Busses Roar (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 September 1942 (USA)
A saboteur tries to place a bomb on a bus.

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Sgt. Ryan
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Reba Richards
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Eddie Sloan
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Norma
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Betty
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Detective Quinn
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Sunshine
Rex Williams ...
Jerry Silva
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Danny
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Nick Stoddard
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Henry Dipper
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A group of Japanese spies plan to blow up a San Francisco-bound bus in the hopes that the flames of the explosion will act as a guide to a lurking enemy submarine to shell one of the valuable CAlifornia oil fields. Among the many passengers is Reba Richards (Julie Bishop)who inadvertently carries the bomb in her suitcase. She discovers it and, with the aid of a United States Marine, Sergeant Ryan (Richard Travis), works to squelch the bomb and trap the culprits. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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According to plural spelling of bus ("buses", with one s) that appears in most dictionaries, the title is misspelled. As is, "busses" would refer to plural form of "buss" - an old-fashioned word for a kiss. See more »

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Bomb on the bus
3 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Except for the stereotypical portrayal that Willie Best does in Buses Roar of the misspelled title, the film is a typical wartime propaganda film, just some fodder for the homefront morale. This concerns a rather inept bunch of saboteurs, a joint German-Japanese operation to blow up a bus.

This is not a terrorist act per se, the idea is to plant a bomb on a bus and detonate when it's near some undisclosed valuable wartime site. The passengers would be considered collateral damage in today's terms.

The film marked Eleanor Parker's feature film debut though she's billed fourth in the cast as a bus ticket agent who has a couple of drivers panting hot and heavy for her. The real stars are Richard Travis and Julie Bishop as a marine on leave and a woman who's hoping to charm the price of a ticket out of San Diego.

The saboteurs who are led by Peter Whitney make three different attempts to get the bomb on the bus. Law enforcement isn't to swift either in this comedy of errors.

Still the film has a certain charm to it, sad it had to include Willie Best at his worst.


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