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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seamon Glass ... Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter
Thayer Roberts ... Jacob Elliot Saunders
Aubrey Martin ... Juney
Mary Morlas ... Cheryl Hudson
... Joe Baragi (as Mike Green)
Alan Austin ... Al Weston
Carole Kent ... Karen Barnes (as Carol Kent)
Norman Winston ... Sam Barnes
Ron Starr ... Clint Delany
Don Spruance ... Peter
James George Jr. ... Looter
Norman Bishop ... Looter (as Norm Bishop)
... Looter
Jay Della ... Looter
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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The film debut of actor Michael Greene, never released theatrically. See more »

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When the looters take the police car it goes from night to day to night again. See more »

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[first lines]
Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter: This is Colter. Give me a time check, please.
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Because the cast was largely unknown, the opening credits list only the director and crew. No actor names appear. See more »

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

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Atomic-age film noir.
22 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

People who are expecting a science-fiction plot will be much disappointed by this B&W suspense film, set entirely at a highway roadblock at night. The plot elements of a hard-boiled detective story (escaped murderer, faithless alcoholic wife trolling for danger) are fitted into the nuclear holocaust environment typical of the late 1950s and early 1960s America. The success of the Soviet Union's Sputnik in 1957 and the perceived threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 form the framework of a story of little people whose lives are overtaken by events they cannot control. "Thirteen Days" (2000) would be a suitable "A" film to this low-budget "B" film in order to supply the background of tension missing to the contemporary viewer who comes upon this film with no forewarning.


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