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Busses Roar (1942)

A saboteur tries to place a bomb on a bus.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

George Bilson (screenplay) (as George R. Bilson), Anthony Coldeway (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Travis ... Sgt. Ryan
Julie Bishop ... Reba Richards
Charles Drake ... Eddie Sloan
Eleanor Parker ... Norma
Elisabeth Fraser ... Betty
Richard Fraser ... Dick Remick
Peter Whitney ... Frederick Hoff
Frank Wilcox ... Detective Quinn
Willie Best ... Sunshine
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Jerry Silva
Harry Lewis ... Danny
Bill Kennedy ... The Moocher
George Meeker ... Nick Stoddard
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Dipper
Harry C. Bradley ... Henry Dipper
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Storyline

A group of Japanese spies plan to blow up a San Francisco-bound bus in the hopes that the flames of the explosion will act as a guide to a lurking enemy submarine to shell one of the valuable CAlifornia oil fields. Among the many passengers is Reba Richards (Julie Bishop)who inadvertently carries the bomb in her suitcase. She discovers it and, with the aid of a United States Marine, Sergeant Ryan (Richard Travis), works to squelch the bomb and trap the culprits. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trapped! Marine captures spy on speeding bus! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buses Roar See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 15 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Tuesday 18 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in San Francisco Monday 21 January 1957 on KRON (Channel 4), in Portland OR Wednesday 30 January 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Indianapolis Tuesday 9 April 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in Honolulu Saturday 17 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

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Autumn Nocturne
by Josef Myrow
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Bomb on the bus
3 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Except for the stereotypical portrayal that Willie Best does in Buses Roar of the misspelled title, the film is a typical wartime propaganda film, just some fodder for the homefront morale. This concerns a rather inept bunch of saboteurs, a joint German-Japanese operation to blow up a bus.

This is not a terrorist act per se, the idea is to plant a bomb on a bus and detonate when it's near some undisclosed valuable wartime site. The passengers would be considered collateral damage in today's terms.

The film marked Eleanor Parker's feature film debut though she's billed fourth in the cast as a bus ticket agent who has a couple of drivers panting hot and heavy for her. The real stars are Richard Travis and Julie Bishop as a marine on leave and a woman who's hoping to charm the price of a ticket out of San Diego.

The saboteurs who are led by Peter Whitney make three different attempts to get the bomb on the bus. Law enforcement isn't to swift either in this comedy of errors.

Still the film has a certain charm to it, sad it had to include Willie Best at his worst.


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