Strange Holiday is a 1945 American film directed by Arch Oboler. Claude Rains stars as a man who returns from a fishing trip to find America overtaken by fascists.
Introductory material included with the video release of this film states that it was underwritten by General Motors and was initially shown in private screenings for the corporation's employees.
Martin Kosleck, a German actor who had played a Nazi or Nazi supporter in numerous American films during The Second World War, is featured prominently as a local authority of the new oppressive regime. The new government makes prominent and continual use of an emblem consisting of two crossed swords in much the way the Swastika had been employed by Nazi Germany.
An important theme in the film is the contrast between brave individuals such as Rains who oppose the new tyranny and the many who quickly alter their thinking and behavior to stay in line with the new authority. In this the movie resembles Jack Webb's later anticommunist film Red Nightmare.Claude Rains as John Stevenson
Bob Stebbins as John Stevenson Jr.
Barbara Bates as Peggy Lee Stevenson
Paul Hilton as Woodrow Stevenson Jr
Gloria Holden as Mrs. Jean Stevenson
Milton Kibbee as Sam Morgan
Walter White Jr. as Farmer
Wally Maher as Truck Driver
Tommy Cook as Tommy, the Newsboy
Griff Barnett as Regan
Edwin Max as First Detective
Paul Dubov as Second Detective
Helen Mack as Secretary
Martin Kosleck as Examiner
Charles McAvoy as Leonard, the Guard