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This Is Not a Test (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.


Fredric Gadette


Peter Abenheim (screenplay), Betty Laskey (screenplay) (as Betty Lasky) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter
Thayer Roberts ... Jacob Elliot Saunders
Aubrey Martin Aubrey Martin ... Juney
Mary Morlas Mary Morlas ... Cheryl Hudson
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Joe Baragi (as Mike Green)
Alan Austin Alan Austin ... Al Weston
Carole Kent Carole Kent ... Karen Barnes (as Carol Kent)
Norman Winston Norman Winston ... Sam Barnes
Ron Starr Ron Starr ... Clint Delany
Don Spruance Don Spruance ... Peter
James George Jr. James George Jr. ... Looter
Norman Bishop Norman Bishop ... Looter (as Norm Bishop)
Ralph Manza ... Looter
Jay Della Jay Della ... Looter
William Flaherty William Flaherty ... Looter
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Late one night on a rural road in the western US, a policeman sets up a roadblock and begins stopping all traffic. When several cars and a big truck have stopped, he tells everyone why: a nuclear attack on the US appears to be underway, and since they have the truck there, their best chance at survival is to use it as a bomb shelter. Time is short and tensions in the small group quickly rise. Written by Anonymous

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At approximately the 14:00 mark, a character asks aloud if "CONELRAD knows what's going on", then several characters rush over to their cars to tune in their radios. Between 1951 and 1963, CONELRAD (Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) was an emergency broadcast system set up to inform American citizens in the event of enemy attack during the Cold War. In such an emergency, all United States television and FM radio stations were required to stop broadcasting. Upon alert, most AM medium-wave stations would shut down; the stations that stayed on the air would transmit emergency information at either AM 640 or AM 1240. (In fact, most radios manufactured during this time even had special marks printed on their dials at the 640 and 1240 spots.) In 1963, CONELRAD would be replaced by EBS (Emergency Broadcast System), and in 1997, EBS would be replaced by EAS (Emergency Alert System). See more »


After a red alert is announced on the police radio both June and the deputy continue to refer to a yellow alert. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter: This is Colter. Give me a time check, please.
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Crazy Credits

Because the cast was largely unknown, the opening credits list only the director and crew. No actor names appear. See more »


Edited into Pale Moonlight Theater: This Is Not a Test (2017) See more »

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Very interesting low budget nuclear war drama that you should see.
31 March 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

This film takes place on a stretch of lonely highway where a bull headed state trooper has been ordered to set up a road block. Strange messages broadcast from the radio. A nuclear war is on the way. Holding back a group of stranded motorists that arrive at the road block, the state trooper soon begins to lose control of the situation. The film deals with the various reactions of an odd assortment of characters when they realize the end is coming. Being a low budget film with a cast of some professionals and amateurs, the performances are uneven. The dialogue ranges from good to silly. But the film is intelligent and well made on a small budget. The films makers did not attempt to do anything that could not be done with the limited budget they had, and instead decided to tell a simple but intelligent story. This film is hard to find and I was lucky to find a copy of it at my local video store. Don't believe what critic John Stanley says about this film. If it turns up on T.V. or you can find a video copy, by all means see this film!

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