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Release Date:
10 December 1952 (USA) See more »
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It will scare the pants off you!
Plot:
A group of people at a bar witness the unfolding events of a Soviet invasion of the USA. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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INVASION USA (Alfred E. Green, 1952) ** See more (28 total) »

Cast

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Gerald Mohr ... Vince Potter

Peggie Castle ... Carla Sanford

Dan O'Herlihy ... Mr. Ohman
Robert Bice ... George Sylvester
Tom Kennedy ... Tim, Bartender
Wade Crosby ... Illinois Congressman Arthur V. Harroway
Erik Blythe ... Ed Mulfory
Phyllis Coates ... Mrs. Mulfory
Aram Katcher ... Factory Window Washer
Knox Manning ... Newscaster
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Radio Dispatcher

Noel Neill ... Second Airline Ticket Agent
Clarence A. Shoop ... Army Major
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Carr ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Richard Eyer ... Blythe's Son (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man from Omaha (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Russian Sea Captain (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Russian Invader (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Third Newscaster (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Plane Spotter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
 
Writing credits
Robert Smith (screenplay)

Robert Smith (from a story by) and
Franz Schulz (from a story by) (as Franz Spencer)

Produced by
Joseph Justman .... executive producer
Peter Miller .... associate producer
Robert Smith .... producer
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography) (as John L. Russell Jr.)
 
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
 
Set Decoration by
John Sturtevant 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ralph E. Black .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roscoe Cline .... mechanical effects (as Rocky Cline)
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Einar Bourman .... wardrobe: men (as Einar H. Bourman)
De De Johnson .... wardrobe: Miss Castle
 
Editorial Department
W. Donn Hayes .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Robert Bice .... dialogue director
 

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Runtime:
73 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | USA:Approved (PCA #15899)

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Both Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates portrayed "Lois Lane" in the TV series "Adventures of Superman" (1952).See more »
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Errors in geography: 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:
Ed Mulfory:Can you imagine those guys attacking the United States of America?
George Sylvester:Yeah, well we'll shove it down their throats.
Ed Mulfory:This is it. The final game of the World Series and we're the home team.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
INVASION USA (Alfred E. Green, 1952) **, 31 October 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

To begin with, I had expected to be more engaged by this one – which I also was under the wrong impression would be a talk-fest: instead, about sixty per cent of its trim 74-minute duration is compiled of wartime stock footage (representing the potential decimation of the U.S. by invading Communist forces) – scenes of the London blitz from the celebrated Humphrey Jennings documentary FIRES WERE STARTED (1943) are supposed to stand in for the burning of New York! I wonder how Americans look at the film nowadays vis-a'-vis the events of 9/11 – which is perhaps the only reason why it ever saw the light of day on DVD in the first place!

As it stands, INVASION USA is both hysterical and unintentionally hilarious – never more so than when a car is caught in the flooding of Hoover Dam (hit by a nuclear bomb!) and a cowboy hat is seen floating on a branch as the sole remnant of its Texan owner!; Also worth mentioning are the fact that when the U.S. Senate is besieged, it's seen to be peopled merely by doddering statesmen, while the intermittent 'appearances' by the American President addressing the nation are taken from a vague solitary angle! Equally queasy is the fact that handsome leads Gerard Mohr (a cynical TV reporter) and Peggie Castle are drawn together at such a precarious time, while the middle-aged bartender keeps mixing drinks as if his life depended on it – apparently oblivious to the ongoing calamities! Needless to say, the unnamed Soviets are depicted throughout as unemotional slogan-spouting caricatures.

The best thing about the film is the brief but typically riveting performance by Dan O'Herlihy (incidentally, years later he'd appear in a genuine Cold War classic i.e FAIL SAFE [1964]) – not least in view of the twist ending brought about by his particular line of work. In the DVD supplements, much is made of the fact that the film features the two actresses who played "Superman"'s Lois Lane on TV – Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates – but their contribution is, at best, negligible!; also on hand as a newscaster is character actor William Schallert, who's said to have made more Atomic-related titles than anyone else (the top 100 such efforts compiled by "Conelrad" are listed, with a brief synopsis for each one, on the Synapse DVD itself); in an interview included on the disc, Schallert speaks of his brush with Orson Welles' TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) where he was proposed for the role later played by Maltese actor Joseph Calleia – whom Schallert mistakenly thinks was an Italian! Oh, well, it's near enough I suppose…

As can be gathered, therefore, the extras are quite nice, being pretty comprehensive about the whole Cold War aura which pervaded the first two decades or so of the post-war era (though I've only very briefly sampled the two radio programs which play back-to-back as an Audio Commentary to the film). One of the most telling comments in the extras comes from O'Herlihy himself – when he went to Russia in the late 1960s to film WATERLOO (1970), he was met by such an inefficient people that he couldn't fathom how their threat was ever taken seriously!; Noel Neill, then, overhypes the film's impact – I mean saying it blows PEARL HARBOR (2001) out of the water is not much of a feat, is it? In the end, I have to admit that when the Communist ideology (or critique thereof) was presented as a sci-fi allegory, the results were generally that much more fun…

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