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Writers:
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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 as bad as often made out See more (32 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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Newscaster:A steel plant, built at a cost of $50 million, burns to the ground. Part of the terrible balance sheet of war. Billions of dollars of property lost to the American people forever because we did not provide a strong enough army to protect ourselves.See more »
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Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »

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Not as bad as often made out, 19 September 2014
Author: Royalcourtier from Auckland, New Zealand

This film is no masterpiece. But it is nowhere near as bad as often made out, perhaps by those who have never seen it.

The use of stock footage, and some cheap special effects, is not unusual for films of this vintage. For a low budget film, it actually made good use of the available resources.

I suspect most of the criticism is not based on the film itself, but its supposed political failings. However the politics of a film are not a reason to pan it. We recognise the Battleship Potemkin as a great film, despite it being communist propaganda. The same applies to Triumph of the Will as Nazi propaganda. Less successful but no less political films, such as Schindler's List, are rated on their merits, irrespective of their message.

Invasion U.S.A. adopts a narrative that is close to documentary. It does not include irrelevant romantic distractions, or complex sub-plots. It is rather more of a war film than an anti-communist work.

The enemy is not clearly identified. They look and sound rather more like Nazis than Reds. The identity of the enemy is not as important as the message that America needs to be ready to defend itself. I would have thought that the message that a country needs to be vigilant is as correct now as in 1952.

The course of the invasion, and its successful outcome, were refreshing after watching too many gung ho American films where the US heroes always prevail. This film shows the reality that the USA could have been invaded by the Soviet Union in 1952 - if they had been, the Soviets would almost certainly have won the war. Russia had a narrow window of opportunity, before the USA developed too many thermonuclear weapons, and invasion would be too costly. There were Soviet invasion plans prepared.

I wonder when we will see an American film about a successful Taliban or ISIS attack on the USA, with the message that the USA needs to be prepared.

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