Invasion U.S.A. (1952)
Help me! I been hyp-mo-tized!
Well, okay, maybe not me, but the cast of this Cold War fossil certainly has. (And no, this isn’t the jingoistic Chuck Norris vehicle that’s been a basic cable staple for years.) The plot is simple — a bunch of characters sit around a Manhattan bar as some recycled World War II stock footage go by, meant to represent a sinister Soviet invasion. Eventually, those filthy reds take over the whole country and kill lots of decent, God-fearing American folks, including the whole cast. Only, (spoiler alert!) none of it happens, since it turns out the whole thing was just a hypnotic trick played by the weird guy at the end of the bar, who has a point to make about the evils of Communism.
It’s just as lame, creaky and unintentionally hilarious as you’d expect it to be. This is the kind of film only a McCarthyite could love. Or a bad movie fanatic, which I hope you are if you’re reading this blog.
The newspaper boy’s inexplicably gratuitous walk-on.
The film features, in small parts, both Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill, so both played Lois Lane opposite George Reeves in the 1950s “Superman” TV series.
“The Atomic Cafe” (1982) and “The Commies are Coming! The Commies are Coming!” (1962).
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