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Invasion U.S.A. (December 10, 1952)

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Invasion U.S.A.
 

Released on December 10, 1952: A handful of people in a New York City bar watch television as the West Coast of the U.S. is invaded and bombed, and then Washington, D.C. and finally New York City is hit with multiple A-Bombs.

Produced by Robert Smith

Directed by Alfred E. Green

The Actors: Gerald Mohr (Vince Potter), Peggie Castle (Carla Sanford), Dan O'Herlihy (Mr. Ohman), Robert Bice (tractor maker George Sylvester), Tom Kennedy (bartender Tim), Wade Crosby (Illinois Congressman Arthur V. Harroway), Edward G. Robinson Jr. (radio dispatcher), Noel Neill (second airline ticket agent), Erik Blythe (Ed Mulfory), Phyllis Coates (Mrs. Mulfory), Aram Katcher (Factory Window Washer), Knox Manning (himself, television newscaster), Clarence A. Shoop (Army Major), Jack Carr (plant worker), John Crawford (man in bar), Richard Eyer (Blythe's son), Franklyn Farnum (man from Omaha), Ethan Laidlaw (Russian Sea Captain), Jack Lomas (man in bar), Frank Mills (plant worker), Jack Reitzen (Russian invader), William Schallert (third television newscaster), Bert Stevens (plane spotter)

 

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A-Bombs dropping like rain . . .

World War II ended in 1945 and Johnny came marching home from war . . . and America began a period of prosperity and the great Baby-Boom generation was being conceived every day. In 1952, when this movie was filmed, I was one of those baby-boomers, born just a few months before. Our World War II ally Russia formed the Communist Soviet Union and became an enemy of England, France, and particularly the United States. The Soviet Union had discovered the Atom Bomb and we were convinced that our ultimate doom was only minutes away. This cold war atmosphere continued well into the 1960's and I have sharp memories of Wednesday nights at 9pm and my intense fear of the Russians . . . Papa was a preacher and in 1960 he was preaching in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and in that town the Civil Defense network would test the town's air raid sirens every Wednesday at 9pm . . . many times I would have just gone to bed and as I lay trying to fall asleep the air raid sirens would wail in the night, and although I had been told many times that it was just a test, only a test . . . even at that young age my mind thought that it would be just like those dastardly Commies to attack Meadville on Wednesday Night at 9pm . . . just to take advantage of that timing . . . my next breath as a nine year old might well be my last breath. Well, in this 1952 tale of Communist Attack on the United States the premise is just that . . . Americans have become fat and lazy and look for profits and wealth instead of staying well-armed for war. Factories are making tractors instead of tanks, and that is a very dangerous thing. As a handful of people drinking in a bar next to Rockefeller Plaza watch, the television screen comes alive with special bulletins about planes flying from Russia to Alaska and down the west coast, dropping A-bombs and destroying Seattle, San Francisco, and all the military bases in between. Enemy troops in U.S. uniforms surround Washington D.C. and the Capitol building and all of the Senators and Congressmen inside. Of course, we also have A-bombs and we send a flock of jets to Russia to drop bigger and better A-bombs on the Ruskies, but the enemy attacks continue unabated. Finally, New York City is hit with A-bombs and two of our main characters are clinging to life in the rubble outside the bar and it appears that the end of the world as we know it is at hand. I've gotta tell you that if I had seen this movie when I was a young pre-teen I would have been scared out of my skin. How can a movie like this end? How much death and destruction can we watch and still leave the theater with a clear head? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and find out.

Clarence A. Shoop and Robert Bice
Clarence A. Shoop and Robert Bice
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy in Invasion U.S.A.
Dan O'Herlihy in Invasion U.S.A.
Edward G. Robinson Jr.
Edward G. Robinson Jr.
Erik Blythe
Erik Blythe
Erik Blythe Richard Eyer and Phyllis Coates
Erik Blythe Richard Eyer and Phyllis Coates
Erik Blythe in Invasion U.S.A.
Erik Blythe in Invasion U.S.A.
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr and Erik Blythe
Gerald Mohr and Erik Blythe
Gerald Mohr and Peggie Castle
Gerald Mohr and Peggie Castle
Peggie Castle kisses Gerald Mohr
Peggie Castle kisses Gerald Mohr
Knox Manning
Knox Manning
Noel Neill
Noel Neill
Peggie Castle
Peggie Castle
Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Peggie Castle, Robert Bice and Erik Blythe
Peggie Castle, Robert Bice and Erik Blythe
Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Robert Bice and Erik Blythe
Robert Bice and Erik Blythe
Robert Bice, Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Robert Bice, Peggie Castle and Gerald Mohr
Robert Bice and Peggie Castle
Robert Bice and Peggie Castle
Robert Bice and Peggie Castle
Robert Bice and Peggie Castle
Robert Bice, Peggy Castle and Gerald Mohr
Robert Bice, Peggy Castle and Gerald Mohr
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby and Dan O'Herlihy
Wade Crosby and Dan O'Herlihy
Wade Crosby, Robert Bice and Dan O'Herlihy
Wade Crosby, Robert Bice and Dan O'Herlihy
William Schallert
William Schallert