48 user 20 critic

Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi, War | 10 December 1952 (USA)
1:35 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

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 »



Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet
The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
She Demons (1958)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Heroic, but dull, Fred Maklin and beautiful, but spoiled, Jerrie Turner wash up on an uncharted tropical island. They are soon captured by ex-Nazi Colonel Osler, who also has imprisoned a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Cunha
Stars: Irish McCalla, Tod Griffin, Victor Sen Yung
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborm Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired army officer, returns to his home town of Frederisksville, Georgia and is disturbed at the lack of civic pride. He writes... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett, William Eythe
The Trap (1946)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A newly married young woman is possessed by the evil spirt of her husband's deceased first wife. The possession turns her into a scheming killer who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Peggie Castle, Arthur Franz, Marsha Hunt
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A government agent investigates the use of illegal amphetamines among long-haul truck drivers.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors
Unknown World (1951)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Bruce Kellogg, Otto Waldis, Jim Bannon
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are scuba diving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Robert Loggia, Ellen Parker, Phillip Pine


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


IT WILL SCARE THE PANTS OFF YOU!... Hedda Hopper See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | War


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

10 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion USA See more »


Box Office


$127,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Noel Neill (Second Airline Ticket Agent) and Phyllis Coates (Mrs. Mulfory) both played Lois Lane: Neill in Superman (1948), Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) and Seasons Two to Six of Adventures of Superman (1952) and Coates in Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and Season One of Adventures of Superman (1952). See more »


The Soviet bombers shown dropping the atomic bombs are in fact American B-29 superfortresses. In fact in the American retaliation raids the same B-29 planes are shown. This reveals stock aircraft footage was used for both. See more »


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.
See more »


Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Terror Alert Orange! Be Afraid! Be VERY Afraid!"
18 October 2006 | by GavnoSee all my reviews

It was the early 1950s. J. Parnell Thomas of The House Unamerican Activities Committee was accusing everyone in sight who had any measure of public visibility with Communist allegiance. He went after Hollywood in a series of highly publicized hearings, resulting in the arrests and convictions of the Hollywood Ten for invoking their Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination... just before Thomas himself was hauled before a Grand Jury to answer fraud charges. In a moment of high irony Thomas himself invoked the Fifth Amendment before he was convicted and imprisoned.

It was the time of "Tail Gunner Joe" McCarthy, who charged that Communist influence in the State Department and Army had caused us to "give away" China. He recklessly charged that Communists had infiltrated nearly every aspect of American life... strictly in the name of enhancing his own political power base. In the Army hearings McCarthy was finally unmasked as an unprincipled charlatan by Army counsel Joseph Welch, and he was subsequently censured by the Senate for unethical conduct. Joe McCarthy subsequently died of alcoholism.

Besides these men... Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn, and many others in positions of power shrieked the gospel of anticommunism, demanding that Americans surrender Constitutional rights in the name of defeating this new enemy.

It was a time of fear where American opinion could be easily manipulated. Partly for financial gain, and partly to spare itself from further attacks by the Thomases and McCarthys, Hollywood became a willing tool for the use of politicians, a propaganda machine that produced a number of sensational films that capitalized on the anti Red hysteria.

Some of the more notable Hollywood efforts were the major studio film BIG JIM MACLAIN, starring John Wayne and James Arness, and a B-movie effort, THE RED MENACE, whose opening credits graphic showed an octopus wearing a hammer and sickle logo using it's tentacles to embrace the entire world.

Pretty heavy handed stuff, but it was effective for the political manipulation of a frightened American populace. It kept McCarthy off of the studio's backs... as well as made a few B-movie bucks.

Along with these heavy, ideological films came INVASION USA, a mythical war and adventure movie. Of the whole lot, THIS is the most interesting of the Red Scare films, and it's the ONLY one that's ANY fun at all! Ed Wood must have LOVED this film; it clearly taught him the cinematic techniques he was to later make famous. As a cost cutting measure the film makes GENEROUS use of stock footage, mostly Public Domain stuff from military sources.

To make American planes into enemy ones, they just printed the stock footage BACKWARDS, so that UNITED STATES AIR FORCE on the planes came out REVERSED, and it looked sort of like Russian Cyrillic lettering.

In newly shot scenes where stock footage couldn't be used, set decoration relied heavily on the local Army-Navy store! There are literally TONS of military surplus equipment on the sets.

The fact that enemy troops were dressed in American military surplus uniforms was explained neatly by saying that they were infiltrating in disguise! As another cost cutting measure, the cast is ENTIRELY made up of B list "talent" who would work for Actor's Equity scale. The amount of over the top, hammy acting has to be seen to be believed! To throw in a touch of sex, a drunken enemy soldier tries to ravage a blonde American beauty, who chooses instead to kill herself by diving out of a window!

The script is absurd, but for frightened audiences of the time it was plausible... it bore out all of the dire threats that politicians had been making. Hedda Hopper's review of the film said "It will scare the pants off you!", and so it did. Bombing raids on San Francisco, the Hoover Dam destroyed by a missile attack, and New York City hit with an atomic bomb were enough to scare the pants off of ANYBODY.

For sheer kitsch value I give it a ten.

As a warning of what propaganda feeding the political hysteria stirred up by unethical politicians can accomplish, it ALSO gets a ten.

As movie-making, it gets a four.

32 of 55 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed