Chandler’s Trailers: “Invasion U.S.A.” (1952)


“Invasion U.S.A.”  (1952)  If one can imagine a production of  “The Time of Your Life” reconstituted with “Fail-Safe”, you might get a pretty good idea of the awkward Cold War civics lesson that is “Invasion U.S.A.”, a collection of mismatched and inconsistent stock footage wrapped around a few dramatic scenes, including a few ridiculously low-tech scenes of Soviet officers (though never specifically identified as “the enemy”, it’s pretty obvious) standing in front of a chart, directing their entire global assault. The denizens of a Manhattan bar are engrossed in awkward and stilted dialogue meant to reveal the shared social indifference of stock movie characters (who cavalierly dismiss worrisome news broadcasts from the bar’s large flat screen TV, strangely ignorant of the fact that such an item was decades away from being available), when they are suddenly entranced (in more ways than one) by a pensive stranger named Mr. Ohmer  (the underrated Dan O’Herlihy) who seems fixated on swirling his extremely large brandy snifter. 

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “Invasion U.S.A.” (1952)

  1. Alex Good says:

    This is not the Invasion U.S.A. I remember seeing as a young man.

    “I’m going to hit you with so many rights, you’ll be begging for a left.”

  2. beetleypete says:

    This came out the year I was born, thus setting the scene for the cynicism and gloomy attitude that would mar my development, and last my lifetime. I blame the film-makers of course.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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