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->'''Mr. Ohman:''' The manufacturer wants more war orders, and lower taxes. Labor wants more consumable products, and a 30-hour week. The college boy wants a stronger army, and a deferment for himself. The businessman wants a stronger Air Force, and a new Cadillac. The housewife wants security, and a new dishwasher. Everyone wants a stronger America, and we all want the same man to pay for it. George. Let George do it.
->'''Tractor Manufacturer:''' I disagree with you -- I don't want to let George do it!
->'''Mr. Ohman:''' Then you must be the exception?
->'''Tractor Manufacturer:''' No -- I'm George! (Everyone laughs)
-->-- The movie gets {{Anvilicious}} about the Aesop at the beginning.

'''Invasion: USA''' is a 1950s [[{{Glurge}} Glurgefest]] that purports to show the American audience how quickly the ColdWar could heat up and the importance of the military-industrial complex.

One day in a bar, with news of Cold War tensions on the TV, a reporter comes in to ask the patrons -- a motley bunch from all walks of life -- if they support allowing the U.S. government to take over companies in the name of the cold war effort. Most of the patrons are skeptical except for a strange man nursing a wine glass at the end of the bar -- one Mr. Ohman (Dan O'Herlihy), who delivers a [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Citizen]] speech to everyone accusing them of just wanting to wish their problems dead instead of doing what needed to be done. After mesmerizing his audience with his speech before leaving, the patrons quickly discover that the U.S. is now in the middle of {{World War III}}, as "[[CommieLand the Enemy]]" ([[BlatantLies totally not the Soviet Union]]) conducts an audacious plan to invade the North American mainland, with both nukes and paratroopers flying freely. The main characters try to do what they can, but somehow every request of the military-industrial complex that they'd been complaining about or ignoring comes back to bite the U.S. at the worst possible time, and the cast starts dropping like flies before the Red onslaught.

In the end, through the germanic man's hypnotizing the entire bar into seeing visions of what might be, the naysayers are shown the evils of their ways and pledge to be more patriotic afterwards. And the reporter hero manages to win the affections of the heroine from the tractor manufacturer who brought her to the bar.

For tropes and episode details related to the ''MST3K'' version, please check out the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E02InvasionUSA episode recap page]].

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!!''Invasion USA'' contains the following tropes:

* AGlassOfChianti: Ohman's nursing a glass as the film begins -- and hypnotizes most of the bar with it.
* AllJustADream: Just as the last of the main characters dies, the characters awaken from a trance, still in the bar at the start of the film, discovering Ohman hypnotized them and the entire events of the film concerning the Soviet invasion were a cautionary tale.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The United States; but more importantly, the bar.
* ArcWords: "If I had my life to live over again."
* BigDamPlot: The Soviets nuke Hoover Dam (referred to in the film by its old name, "Boulder Dam"), causing Boulder City to be flooded. You'd think nuking Boulder City itself would be more efficient, but maybe they wanted to add some variety to their city-destroying spree.
* BrokenAesop: To defeat Communism, cede your time, money, businesses, and even identity to your government and country. In other words, defeat communism with more communism!
* ChekhovsSkill: Ohman is described as a hypnotist by the barkeep during the cast introduction. You don't say...
* DeadlineNews: A reporter covering one battle against the Enemy's forces has his signal cut off while his position is being overrun. Also, the reporter hero's final broadcast near the end of the film.
* DirtyCommunists: One even menaces a good, clean American woman. Her assailant also overlaps with HuskyRusskie.
* EmpathyDollShot: After the Hoover Dam flood, one is shown floating in the aftermath.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: One of the most bizarre and badly staged in film history. As the Vincent and Carla stare lovingly into each other's eyes, a newsboy walks in, yelling, "Extra! Paper! Read all about it!", '''''stares directly at the two characters''''' (who continue to stare into each other's eyes like zombies), then turns around and walks off '''''from the same way he entered'''''.
* FollowTheLeader: This was the basic script for American invasion paranoia films like ''Film/RedDawn1984'' and ''{{Homefront}}''. John Milius probably saw this film and when he did, it was like Traffaut seeing ''Film/CitizenKane'' for the first time.
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: A prime example. "The Enemy" is never directly named, but near the end the movie just gives up and goes with the full-on Russian accents for the bad guys.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: There's a lot of accusations of being a sissy in the film. The MartyStu TV reporter, of course, is a man's man.
* HollywoodTactics: Ranges from the "Enemy"'s liberal use of nuclear weapons to paratroopers being dropped while under machine gun fire.
* ItsAWonderfulLife
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica
* InvisiblePresident: Though only because the movie refuses to show the president looking at the camera.
* ItsRainingMen: The way the "enemy" invades America.
* KilledMidSentence: The traffic controller at Peace Harbor, Alaska -- the "Enemy"'s beachhead for the invasion.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. Ohman, who hypnotizes everyone into seeing an ''Omen'' of things to come.
* NeutralFemale: The movie ends with everyone thinking about what they could do to stave off a Soviet invasion. All except Carla. Nothing she does either way would effect anything. In fact, she's just yet another war prize when the invasion happens.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The "Enemy"'s war room, with a huge wall map of the United States and "the most feared Geography teacher of Central High".
* RapeAsDrama: See Dirty Communists.
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: As Mike puts it reading the cast page of the credits -- "Starring these people, and ChuckNorris!"
* SpotTheImposter: Used when the "Enemy" sends its troops disguised as Americans to infiltrate Washington, DC, and one infiltrator claims to be from a Chicago unit.
-->'''Guard:''' Ever see the Cubs play?[[note]]'''Servo:''' Yeah, they won! ... DAMN![[/note]]
-->'''Infiltrator:''' (confused) Cubs? A cub is a small animal, a bear... (BlastOut ensues)
* StockFootage: Used in long montages to show the progress of the war. Rather noticeably, one of the pieces supposedly showing the destruction of New York in fact used footage from the London Blitz. At the end of one of these...
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Even given the film's Aesop, only ''two guards'' are posted to defend the seat of government in Washington?
* TelevisionGeography: Enemy paratroopers are shown landing on a beach supposedly outside Washington, D.C., which is 30+ miles from the Atlantic Ocean. A similar landing is shown at the wide open plains of Puget Sound in western Washington state, a region covered in trees and hills for hundreds of miles around.
** Called out in the MST3K version:
-->'''Crow:''' Ah, the sandy beaches of Dupont Circle.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: Don't let the poster fool you. Carla is wearing trousers when she jumps out the window. Sorry, fellas! No PantyShot!
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The driver realizes halfway to Phoenix that his home has a new flag over it.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Apparently, the writers seem to be under the impression that the "Atom Bomb" is merely some kind of High Yield Explosive, that has nothing to do with leaving a thousand mile wake of irradiated fallout. Hence, [[DirtyCommunists "The Enemy"]] throw nuclear weapons like peanuts, blowing up [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill airfields, dams, battleships, small out of the way towns, and cities (repeatedly)]], technically negating the very concept of an "invasion", since there'd be nothing actually left to occupy for about fifty years. As a particularly ludicrous example, the nuclear bombing of New York City results in only twenty thousand deaths. There's also the matter of the nuclear ''torpedo,'' which somehow only sets its target on fire instead of vaporizing it and everything a mile out in every direction.
** [[ScienceMarchesOn The effects of nuclear weapons were not yet widely known at the time]].
* YouNoTakeCandle: "The Enemy" all speak in heavily accented, broken English. [[FridgeLogic Even to each other.]]
** To be fair, they were instructed only to speak English, as practice.
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