MikeBSG wrote:It is a very grim movie. It threatens children, which horror movies in the studio era tended not to do because of the response to the girl's death in "Frankenstein," and it kills off a sympathetic character. Even the end of the movie is hardly triumphalist.
There was so much fear and paranoia then (of the "Red Scare" kind), and we were subject to City-wide air raid drills, and public service announcements in the media about A Bomb attacks and all. We little pitchers listened with wide eyes and big ears to the adults around us talking about "the Commies," and we were alarmed, without really understanding. So many movies dealt with invasion and subjugation of mankind in the 1950s, but when you saw one that targeted children, it was really, really frightening.
knitwit45 wrote:Judith, how were your school air raids conducted? Sometimes we lined up in the halls, and sometimes we just sat at our desks AND PUT OUR HEADS DOWN, WITH ARMS CROSSED OVER OUR HEADS......sure to save someone in a nuclear blast, right? YIKES!!!!!!!
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