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Strange Holiday (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 2 September 1946 (USA)
A man returns from a trip to find fascists have taken over the U.S. government.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Stevenson
Bob Stebbins ... John Stevenson, Jr. (as Bobbie Stebbins)
Barbara Bate ... Peggy Lee (Violet) Stevenson
Paul Hilton ... Woodrow Stevenson, Jr
... Mrs. (Jean) Stevenson
... Sam Morgan
Walter White Jr. ... Farmer
Wally Maher ... Truck Driver
... Tommy, the Newsboy
... Regan
... First Detective (as Ed Max)
Paul Dubov ... Second Detective
... Miss Sims, Secretary
... Examiner
Charles McAvoy ... Leonard, the Guard (as Charles Mc Avoy)
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Businessman John Stevenson returns from a camping holiday in the mountains to discover the whole of America has been taken over by foreign invaders. His family has been taken away and he is thrown into prison and must come to terms with the new USA. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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This was the movie that Dr. Samuel Sheppard and his wife Marilyn were watching with friends the night that she was murdered. This case was said to have inspired the TV series The Fugitive (1963). See more »

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"Discipline, Stevenson. Always discipline!"
10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Radio legend Arch Obler wrote and directed this film about a man (Claude Rains in a great performance) who returns home from a vacation in the woods to discover his country has been overtaken by fascists. It's a fascinating picture that serves as a cautionary tale for war-weary Americans to be vigilant about protecting their democracy and not become complacent. I've read that this was financed by General Motors for their employees to see and later it was released by poverty row studio PRC. It does look cheap, to be fair, but the cast is great and Obler creates a moody atmosphere and keeps the tension high throughout. It's definitely worth a look for fans of Rains or Obler or just anyone who wants to see an interesting off-the-beaten-path picture from Hollywood's heyday.


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