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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.


Arch Oboler


Arch Oboler (radio play "This Precious Freedom"), Arch Oboler (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... John Stevenson
Bob Stebbins Bob Stebbins ... John Stevenson, Jr. (as Bobbie Stebbins)
Barbara Bate Barbara Bate ... Peggy Lee (Violet) Stevenson
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Woodrow Stevenson, Jr
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. (Jean) Stevenson
Milton Kibbee ... Sam Morgan
Walter White Jr. Walter White Jr. ... Farmer
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... Truck Driver
Tommy Cook ... Tommy, the Newsboy
Griff Barnett ... Regan
Edwin Max ... First Detective (as Ed Max)
Paul Dubov ... Second Detective
Helen Mack ... Miss Sims, Secretary
Martin Kosleck ... Examiner
Charles McAvoy 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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Fascist propaganda
8 February 2018 | by enwSee all my reviews

In 1942, America, like most of its allies, was in trouble. You can't very well expect people to die for the economic interests of large corporations like General Motors, and after all, Nazi Germany and Fascist America basically shared the same ideology. In other ways, of course, the war was a gift, with a need to step up production, strikes being unpatriotic. GM, having been rather buddy-buddy with the Nazis, had a special interest in waving the flag, consequently hiring Oboler to make this propaganda piece. The result being a little too libertarian for their taste, it was shelved until 1945, when the war was just about over. It was now a warning against fifth columnists like the spy movies of the late thirties. Even without the shadow of the swastika on the wall, the presence of the German actor and typecast Nazi heavy Martin Kosleck, best known to horror fans as the mad scientist in FLESH EATERS (1964), would have served to get the none too subtle message across. Not surprisingly, it was reedited in 1950, replacing the Germans with America's former Russian allies. Ah well, as Adolf so adeptly put it: "The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous." The reason why this switch could be made so smoothly is of course that this kind of propaganda is a lot of hooey. All governments exploit and enslave their citizens, playing on the fear of their neighbors, who may just turn you in, if you don't beat them to it. The idyllic existence seen in flashbacks with the well-behaved children and self-effacing wife (the holiday of the title obviously designed to get away from them for a few weeks) might just as well have been Nazi propaganda, showing what we are fighting to protect from the barbaric Jewish Bolshevist hordes, the other ingredient being fear of the power of the almighty state - any state. It was adapted from a radio play, and it shows, being mostly soliloquies and stock footage. Today, of course, we once again have to arm ourselves against evil Semites - and yes, the Russians! When will they ever learn?

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