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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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Not Credible But It's Not Boring Either See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Trivia:
Both Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates portrayed "Lois Lane" in the TV series "Adventures of Superman" (1952).See more »
Goofs:
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:
General:Do you remember what Senator Baker said when the military appropriations Bill came up for vote?
Secretary of Defense:He said we could safely reduce our armed forces by half.
General:He wasn't only wrong, he's dead.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »

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Not Credible But It's Not Boring Either, 16 April 2014
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

A small diverse group of strangers lounge in a New York cocktail bar . Suddenly there's a newsflash and reports come in that a foreign power has captured key installations in Alaska and the whole of America is now threatened with invasion

You want to make a small subtle point ? Well just get a sledgehammer to crack a nut and this propaganda film is it . The opening sequence is set in a cocktail bar and a middle class businessman complains about having to pay the top rate of tax and if this atrocious behaviour by the government wasn't bad enough they also feel the need to interfere in other aspects of the free market . Wow next thing you know they'll be banning smoking in bars or perhaps even banning the sale of alcohol itself . Taking taxes off people is rather small fry compared to what American federal government has done in the past or indeed the future when this film was made . Perhaps this character might like to live under a regime where people don't tax simply because they don't get paid . Oh hold on here's a newsflash " Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it comrade "

I've seen a few Christian propaganda films recently that were all universally dreadful they made me forget there was a time when American studios were constantly spewing out propaganda like this one . Often they were entertaining enough to disguise the danger of communist invasion by producing science fiction films where the aliens were closet reds , usually from Mars which is " The red planet " . With INVASION USA no attempt is made to disguise who the invaders are . Even though both Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union aren't name checked you're under no misapprehension who these bloodthirsty tyrannical invaders really are . I suppose this is indicative of American thinking at the time but the invasion itself isn't creditably developed or delivered . If the Soviets capture Alaska as a bridgehead why not nuke the airfields in that state ? How are they able to fly over Canada with impunity ? How are able to bomb New York from San Francisco ? etc etc etc . There's also a lack of credibility in other aspects ? For example here's no sense of time passing between events and the time frame seems bizarre to say the least . How on earth can the TV news report detailed casualty figures to events that have just happened ? OF course there might be a very good internal reason to this once the film ends but while the film is entertaining - possibly for all the wrong reasons - it's never credible on even the most basic level

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