Invasion U.S.A. (1952)





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The "Red Scare" of the early 1950s was exploited for cinematic purposes in the Albert Zugsmith production Invasion USA. As a diverse group of customers in a New York bar discuss politics, a special news bulletin on the bar's TV set announces that enemy troops have invaded Alaska and are heading for the continental U.S. In a panic, everyone rushes home to await his or her fate. Only the mysterious Mr. Ohman (Dan O'Herlihy) reacts calmly to the invasion news, for reasons that are explained at film's end. In the meantime, the enemy not only invades the major cities of America, but simultaneously A-bombs them! Some fairly good special effects occur during the film's climax, enabling the audience to forget the gaping holes in logic that have gone before. When first released in 1952, Invasion USA was advertised by a blurb from columnist Hedda Hopper, who promised "It'll scare your pants off!"
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Columbia Pictures


Gerald Mohr
as Vince Potter
Peggie Castle
as Carla Sanford
Dan O'Herlihy
as Mr. Ohman
Robert Bice
as George Sylvester
Tom Kennedy
as Bartender
Wade Crosby
as Congressman
Erik Blythe
as Ed Mulvory
Phyllis Coates
as Mrs. Mulvory
Aram Katcher
as 5th Column Leader
Edward G. Robinson Jr.
as Radio Dispatcher
Noel Neill
as Second Airline Ticket Agent
Knox Manning
as TV Newsman
William Schallert
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Invasion U.S.A.

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An ineffectual and humorless Red-scare film made during the height of the Cold War.

Full Review… | May 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Invasion U.S.A.

They manage to make utterly detestable villains of the Commies in the scant 75 minute runtime and the integration of stock footage is clever... Too bad the rest is given such short thrift (like, say, characterization for our cocktail lounge-going protagonists)

Vincent Pesce
Vincent Pesce

I don't really remember much about this film, having only seen it once back in the early-to-mid 1970's. Still, what I remember is actually not worth the effort. And, reading the "Movie Info" section below seems to confirm this. One thing: it actually 'inspired' my feeble attempt to write a short sci-fi/military story (the classic one-pager): "Is This All the Tanks I Get": Two generals sitting across from each other at a gigantic table. One says to the other something like: "So, you refuse to remove your troops from the area?!" The other confirms that. The first then states: "Fine, now we can consult our Governments about increasing our military budgets"...Which, IMHO, could probably make a better use of One hour and Fourteen minutes...

Francis LaLonde
Francis LaLonde

This is probably the strangest robot movie you've ever seen, and not in a good way. Don't see this movie unless you really have a love for movies where robots help take over the world, and even then you've been warned how bad this movie is.

Aj V
Aj V

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