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Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

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A group of people at a bar witness the unfolding events of a Soviet invasion of the USA.


Alfred E. Green


Robert Smith (screenplay), Robert Smith (from a story by) | 1 more credit »



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Complete credited cast:
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 Erik Blythe ... Ed Mulfory
Phyllis Coates ... Mrs. Mulfory
Aram Katcher Aram Katcher ... Factory Window Washer
Knox Manning ... Newscaster
Edward G. Robinson Jr. Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Radio Dispatcher
Noel Neill ... Second Airline Ticket Agent
Clarence A. Shoop Clarence A. Shoop ... Army Major


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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Drama | Sci-Fi | War


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Release Date:

10 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion USA See more »


Box Office


$127,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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Edited into Robot Monster (1953) See more »

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Not Quite As Bad As Its Reputation
4 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Invasion U.S.A. (1952)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

If you listen to most reviewers they'll have you believing that this propaganda film is among the worst movies ever made. The story is pretty simple as a group of strangers are sitting in a bar when the news breaks that the Soviet Union have invaded America. Before long most of America has been hit with an Atomic Bomb.

INVASION U.S.A. is considered by many to be one of the worst movies ever made but I think that's rather extremely. There's no question that there are some very bad things in the picture but at the same time it manages to hold you attention no matter how bad things get. I think the biggest problem with the film is the fact that its budget was so low that they really weren't able to do anything good with the picture.

I say that because even though the film is only 72-minutes long, I'd say a third of that is made up of stock footage, which obviously makes the picture look cheap. There are so many scenes where it's either stock footage or projection stuff that you can't help but not be frightened by anything you're looking at. The entire point of this picture was to frighten you into thinking that the Soviet Union could strike at any moment but without the drama there's just not much here. To make matters worse, there are some unintentional funny moments including a scene where the Hoover Dam is bombed and a family gets taken out by the water.

There are some decent performances here including Gerald Mohr and Dan O'Herlihy. Character actor Tom Kennedy is also on hand playing the bartender. Another problem I had with the story is the fact that America pretty much falls without any issue. I mean, as easy as it was for us to be taken over it would be impossible for America to beat anyone. Still, INVASION U.S.A. isn't nearly the bomb some make it out to be.

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