Red Nightmare at 60

Some 60 years ago this month, Warner Brothers wrapped up shooting the Jack Webb short film Red Nightmare, aka Freedom and You. The classic Cold War “red scare” film starred Jack Kelly of Maverick (along with a cameo by Robert Conrad of future Wild Wild West and Baa Baa Blacksheep fame) and was paid for under the Armed Forces Information Film program. It was shown on bases at home and overseas for years, after all, beside’s Kelly’s square-jawed allure, Webb was well-known due to his Marine classic DI role in The D.I., and of course as Sgt. Joe Friday in the Dragnet franchise. In classic Webb style, it aired domestically as an episode on his General Electric theatre show in 1962.

Grab your Fall Out Shelter packing list and dig in!

P.S. Don’t forget your civil defense carbine!

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