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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!"

Cast

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.

All Critics (1)

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

May 7, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invasion U.S.A.

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

Super Reviewer

Oh lord, where to begin...well uh, in this 1950's right wing propaganda film (brought to you in part by the military industrial complex) we are shown a frightening parallel reality where the U.S. is invaded by hoards of godless commies all because the government was irresponsible and refused to increase defense spending. NOOOOOoooo! Fortunately for the wholesome and patriotic folk of this land it was all a bad dream induced by a Washington arms lobbyist who hypnotizes a few people enjoying happy hour. I hope you've learned your lesson, Billy. The moment that our tax dollars are spent on things like "tractors" and "food" and "health care" we run the risk of trodding down the unholy path towards communism! That's right, no lunch today, Billy. Get back to welding those tank tracks!

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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