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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.

Director:

Arch Oboler

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day After Tomorrow See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 utgard14See 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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