Release date1962 WriterPeter Abenheim (screenplay), Betty Laskey (screenplay), Fredric Gadette (screenplay) CastSeamon Glass (Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter), Thayer Roberts (Jacob Elliot Saunders), Aubrey Martin (Juney), Mary Morlas (Cheryl Hudson), Michael Greene (Joe Baragi), Alan Austin (Al Weston) GenresAction Film, Thriller, Action/Adventure, Doomsday film Similar moviesPanic in Year Zero! (1962), The War Game (1965), Invasion USA (1952), Day the World Ended (1955), Ladybug Ladybug (1963)
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Starring a group of mostly unknown actors, This Is Not a Test begins with lone deputy sheriff Dan Colter (Seamon Glass) receiving orders to block a road leading into an unidentified city (dialogue indicates the location is somewhere in central California, however). Soon, he has detained several vehicles with a variety of occupants ranging from an elderly man and his granddaughter, to a man who has recently become rich and his alcoholic wife, to a trucker and a hitchhiker. The motorists and the police officer hear attack warnings over the police radio and begin to prepare for the inevitable bombing. The film focuses on the reactions to the impending attack by the motorists, and the officer's efforts to keep order. Complicating matters is the revelation that the hitchhiker Clint Delany (Ron Starr) is a psychotic who is wanted for murder. As the countdown to the missile attack continues, the men and women try desperately to convert a supply truck into an impromptu bomb shelter. As time goes by, the deputy's behavior becomes irrational (Gary Westfahl mentioned that the film shows the ineptness that would come from ordinary people in the face of impending nuclear attack) and the film ends with the deputy trying to enter the closed-up truck where the others have sheltered just as the nuclear strike happens.
This Is Not a Test is presently in the public domain in the United States, and has been released in numerous DVD formats, on its own or in collections of similar films.