Commander USA's Groovie Movies

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Commander USA's Groovie Movies
Commander USA
Written byJim Hendricks
StarringJim Hendricks
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Original networkUSA Network
Original release1985 (1985) –
1989 (1989)

Commander USA's Groovie Movies is an American movie showcase series that ran weekend afternoons on the USA Network.[1][2][3]

The show premiered January 5, 1985 and ran through 1989. It was hosted by Jim Hendricks as "Commander USA" (Soaring super hero! Legion of Decency - Retired), a wacky but slightly seedy blue-collar comic book superhero who occasionally displayed powers such as "microwave vision" (usually to prepare a mid-movie meal of fish or eggs).


The show originally ran double features of horror and science fiction movies on Saturday afternoons, then later a single feature on Sunday afternoons. Later movies on the show tended to be Mexican wrestling films or heavily edited violent films from Japan.

The Commander's show originated from a secret headquarters located under a New Jersey shopping mall. The Commander was almost always enthusiastic about the films he showed, whether it was a "gem" like Inframan, Blood Beast Horror, or any other number of Grade-Z celluloid oddities. The Commander was often joined on the program by either his agent (Barry Kluger) or "Lefty", a hand puppet created by drawing a face on his right hand with cigar ash. Over the course of a show, Lefty's face would inevitably get smeared or washed off, but the Commander would always redraw it with his unlit cigar.

In 1988, Eclectic Publishing published Commander USA's World of Horror, a 32-page magazine which was intended to be published bi-monthly, but only one issue was ever released.

In all, more than 200 episodes were produced.

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  1. ^ "USA Lineup Home Of The Strange". The Rock Hill Herald. February 14, 1985.
  2. ^ "USA stings viewers with cult shows". The Free Lance-Standard. February 16, 1985.
  3. ^ "Command USA Groovie Movies Halloween Special".

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