#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – An ex-GI becomes involved with the American Communist party, and falls in love with his instructor. The pair quickly realise their mistake, when they see how party leaders handle a member who questioned the party’s principles. When they try to leave, they’re marked for assassination and hunted by the party killers.
Plot: A couple try to leave the Communist party after a murder by the group they were once loyal to.
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Better Than Average Commie Flick – The Red Menace
OK, the acting, direction and production values are below average. But the writing is above average and that is why this film gets a 6. I have seen several commie movies from the fifties, and most of them have better production values. However, the scripts for these often entertaining films is usually the same; the commies are the bad guys and the American government officials are the good guys; a simple case of black and white. Unfortunately, most of the things in life are not simple black and white issues. There is no pancake so flat that it does not have two sides. Instead of using stereotypes with predictable plot development and a pat ending, this film, at least, avoided half of those shortcomings. It is an intelligent look at the motives of members of the communist party in the US. The characters are complex and realistic, not cartoonish black and white characters portrayed in the vast majority of red scare films of the fifties. Even though the film had a weak conclusion, the rest of the film was very entertaining.
For the most part it seems that it was the small studios that made the worst of the anti-Communist films from post World War II. In this case it was Republic Pictures of Herbert J. Yates home of the B western cowboy heroes who inflicted this one on the American public.
The Red Menace has the future object Our Miss Brooks’s affection Robert Rockwell as a disillusioned GI who just got rooked by some sharpie real estate crooks over a plot of land to build a house. The lack of housing for returning veterans was a major domestic issue in the Truman years, no less a conservative than Robert A. Taft sponsored a government program to aid in housing construction.
An equally sharp talent scout for the US Communist Party spots Rockwell making a complaint and recruits him into the party. He’s enthusiastic at first but then sees that this crowd really intrudes on every aspect and thought one might have. Getting also disillusioned is Hannah Axman as they see one by one people who deviate get dealt with severely.
It’s not even that some of what is put forth here is completely untrue. It was that in 1949 some reactionary politicians usually belonging to the GOP saw the Russian spy scandals as a chance to stamp out liberal thought to the left of Walter Winchell. So we had the HUAC hearings and a year later Joe McCarthy looking for an issue to hang his re- election to the Senate on discovered The Red Menace.
Two of the supporting players in the cast really stand out. First Lester Luther as the top commissar in the USA comes off like a poor man’s Edward Arnold. Secondly Betty Lou Gerson when her alias is exposed by Immigration goes full blown mad in a scene that Bette Davis might have done in a better picture.
For a good anti-Communist film I recommend Trial which starred Glenn Ford and Arthur Kennedy. The Red Menace is about as menacing as Dennis.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 21 min (81 min), 1 hr (60 min) (1950 re-release) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Director R.G. Springsteen
Writer Albert DeMond, Gerald Geraghty
Actors Robert Rockwell, Hanna Axmann-Rezzori, Betty Lou Gerson
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm