Forbidden Area is a 1956 Cold War thriller novel by Pat Frank. Its plot involves Soviet sleeper agents intended to sabotage the U.S. war effort, who have been trained by classical conditioning to have an American "cover identity" that they can remember as well as their own.
Frank was asked to write a book about a Russian invasion. He said he was inspired by German troops landing in Florida in World War Two.
It was published in a magazine in serialized form as Seven Days to Never.
The New York Times said it "isn't exciting at all".
1956 TV Adaptation
|Playhouse 90 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Teleplay by||Rod Serling|
|Narrated by||Jack Palance|
|Produced by||Martin Manulis|
|Original air date||1956|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Rod Serling adapted it for the debut episode of the American television anthology series Playhouse 90, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Charlton Heston, Diana Lynn, Vincent Price, Victor Jory and Charles Bickford.
"My acting ability has yet to be proven," said Hunter. "I've played the naive GI so many times that the army should be ready to retire me. Not that I'm ungrateful... I'm grateful to the people who've helped me so far. I'd like to justify their faith in me."
The Washington Post called it a "superb production... brilliantly produced" in which Hunter was "splendid."
Other Proposed Versions
CBS had an option to purchase the film rights.
- Seed, David (2004). Brainwashing: A Study in Cold War Demonology. Kent State University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-87338-813-9.
- PAT FRANK, ALERT, FULL OF TIMELY THEMES Hansen, Harry. Chicago Daily Tribune 15 Apr 1956: g12.
- Books of The Times: Global Nightmare for a Subject Theory of Life and Courage By ORVILLE PRESCOTT. New York Times 28 Mar 1956: 29.
- PAT FRANK NOVEL BOUGHT FOR VIDEO: 'Forbidden Area' Acquired by Manulis for 'Playhouse 90' --'Web' Producer Named New York Times 10 May 1956: 63.
- STUDIO CITES RISE IN TV SCRIPT COST: Hal Roach Concern Paying 25% More for Stories Than It Did Last Year New York Times 29 Aug 1956: 42.
- Producer Set to-Lift Curtain on Hour-and-Half TV Dramas: Hour-and-a-Half TV Dramas to Bow Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 16 Sep 1956: D1.
- WHERE TO DIAL TODAY: Hunter Set to Become TV Villain Fink, John. Chicago Daily Tribune 25 Sep 1956: a10.
- Rod Serling's Scripts Hit Like Heavyweight: Rod Serling Puts Punch in Scripts Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 14 Oct 1956: E5.
- Playhouse 90 Sprints Ahead of New Season By Lawrence Laurent. The Washington Post and Times Herald 6 Oct 1956: 29.
- Hunter, Tab (2006). Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Algonquin Books. p. 147.
- NEW DISNEY MOVIE TO GO TO THEATRES By THOMAS M. PRYOR The New York Times 22 Oct 1956: 25.
- Shooting at 20th Starts on Schedule: 'Take Her, She's Mine' Rolls; Axelrod to Walk 'Starpath' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 24 Apr 1963:
- Forbidden Area at Faded Page (Canada)
- 1956 TV adaptation at BFI
- 1956 TV adaptation at IMDB
- Review of 1956 TV adaptation at New York Times
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