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Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi, War | 10 December 1952 (USA)
A group of people at a bar witness the unfolding events of a Soviet invasion of the USA.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Vince Potter
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Carla Sanford
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Mr. Ohman
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George Sylvester
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Tim, Bartender
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Illinois Congressman Arthur V. Harroway
Erik Blythe ...
Ed Mulfory
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Mrs. Mulfory
Aram Katcher ...
Factory Window Washer
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Newscaster
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ...
Radio Dispatcher
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Second Airline Ticket Agent
Clarence A. Shoop ...
Army Major
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Storyline

Five people are sitting in a New York bar with a mysterious Mr. Ohman, when they hear the news that the godless Communists are invading the good ol' U.S. of A. The five rush off to various sections of the country to do their part to stop the invasion, when an A-bomb crashes down upon Manhattan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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THEY PUSH A BUTTON AND VAST CITIES VANISH BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES! (1956 re-release) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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Release Date:

10 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion USA  »

Box Office

Budget:

$127,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,200,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released as part of a double bill with Captive Women (1952). See more »

Goofs

This film shows Boulder City Nevada as a flatland farm community downriver from Hoover Dam being flooded by water after the dam is bombed. Boulder City is on a hilltop seven miles from the dam and some 1300 additional feet in elevation. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ohman: I think America wants new leadership.
Vince Potter: What kind of leadership do you suggest?
Mr. Ohman: I suggest a wizard.
Vince Potter: A what?
Mr. Ohman: A wizard, like Merlin, who could kill his enemies by wishing them dead. That's the way we like to beat Communism now, by wishing it dead.
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Edited into Robot Monster (1953) See more »

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Invasion of the Booty Snatchers
26 November 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's worth noting that this ultra-low-budget splicing-together of unmatched stock footage was mocked and panned even in its own day, so it should not be viewed seriously as an accurate document of Cold War paranoia. Even in the depths of the Red Scare, most Americans weren't stupid enough to be scared by crap like this. It was more like a super-cheapie public service announcement for the military-industrial complex. If you fast forward through most of the stock WW2 battle scenes, which are endless, and slow down for the "story" scenes, it's a mildly amusing exercise in what-if? science fiction -- doofy and utterly implausible, but good for some wry smiles. I mean, you gotta love that the hypnotist fortune teller is named Ohman. It's also kind of interesting that many, many more "serious," bigger-budget invasion and terrorist- plot films since this one have followed a pretty similar storyline, if more competently. Add the general atmosphere of paranoia post-9/11, and this thing is worth a look, with the FF button to the metal.


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