Skip to comments.Red Nightmare (1962)
Posted on 01/28/2015 3:12:16 PM PST by WhiskeyX
Jack Webb (Dragnet) plays a Rod Serling-like role as he introduces us to Jerry Donovan -- an average guy who shrugs off his inconvenient, civic responsibilities. Jerry "wakes up" in a communist-controlled town, where he's the only American left. This film was produced for the Defense Department by studio mogul Jack L Warner and stars many Warner Brothers stock actors -- including Jack Kelly (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West) and Andrew Duggan. At the time, Jack L. Warner was very staunch anti-Communist, even though he released a pro-Communist feature film, Mission to Moscow, in 1943.
Producer: Department of Defense / Warner Brothers
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I loved Jack Webb from age 4!
They don’t come much more anti progressive than “The Obsolete Man”.
The KGB did construct such a town for use in training agents. The CIA probably did the same. I remember reading the memoirs of a Soviet agent defector who had to learn, for example, to hold his fork in his right hand and switch to his left when using his knife to cut his food. Otherwise he might stand out as a little bit “different”.
I didn't know Jack Webb was a child-actor... ;)
During WWII the German Gestapo searched for American spies by watching diners use the cutlery in that American style, whereas the European used the right hand to hold the knife and the left hand to hold the fork and then eat from the fork while in the left hand.
When Mission to Moscow was released it wasn’t widely known what a propaganda piece it really was.
A democrat dreamworld.
Exactly what it is. Get rid of those filthy churches and worship the all powerful state.
Red Nightmare (1962), katana wrote:
The KGB did construct such a town for use in training agents. The CIA probably did the same. I remember reading the memoirs of a Soviet agent defector who had to learn, for example, to hold his fork in his right hand and switch to his left when using his knife to cut his food. Otherwise he might stand out as a little bit different.
In film that dinning mannerism depiction was shown in “The Great Escape”. With the late James Gardner playing the American POW escaspee and “Telly Savalas playing the role of a Gestapo agent. Savalas towering over Gardner while seated at a table in a restauant as he was shoveling food in his mouth with his right hand looks up to see Savalas smiling, shaking a no no with his finger.
There is a series, I think on FX, called “The Americans”, in which a “sleeper” cell was planted in America, but the son, born and raised in the United States, had no idea his parents and older sister were actually Russian agents. It so happened, the son was a particularly adept intelligence operative, for the US, and the whole plot hinges around that.
It would have been much more believable in the 1960’s, but the Russians are still Russians, and the concept cannot be entirely dismissed.
Oh but we’ve come a long way.
Ugly, despicable film with halfway decent acting by what's-his-name.
The International Socialists were much smarter than the National Socialists. Instead of “invading” the U.S., the Commies took over the political party that was always soft on Commies. In 1994, the Commies took over the AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO took over the Democrat party.
I’m left-handed. I never switched back and forth, and my mother never called attention to it. I didn’t even notice that everyone was doing that until I was at a picnic at the age of eight. Some Dutch people were there, and they were amused at all the Americans switching back and forth.
That’s probably why the credits say, in large print, “Produced at WARNER BROS STUDIOS Under the Personal Supervision of JACK L. WARNER”.
Guy was probably concerned about his earlier pro-Stalin propaganda.
I read where the Nazis had a crack counter agent who consistently smoked out American spies. After the war he was interrogated about his methods.
It came out that he used the same environment, but when the diner asked for pie, he was served it with the wide end first, which is how the Euros ate it. Sure enough, the spy would pivot the plate and start eating from the pointy end, only to look up and see the Gestapo around his table.
Is that the old cold war movie from the 60’s? That one was a real stinker. Lefty pro-disarmament propaganda.
Updated for today: Your Moslum Nightmare
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