The Secret Invasion is a 1964 war film directed by Roger Corman that tells the story of convicts recruited for a dangerous mission. The film takes place during World War II, as a group of criminals are offered pardons in exchange for their service. The team criminal mastermind Rocca (Raf Vallone), Irish Republican Army member Scanlon (Mickey Rooney), forger Fell (Edd Byrnes), murderer Durrell (Henry Silva) and impersonator and thief Saval (William Campbell). An Italian General has been locked up by the Nazis, and he was about to hand over his army to the Allies, and somebody has to save him. The allies come to these convicts with a deal, save the general, and get pardoned for their crimes. Led by Major Richard Mace (Stewart Granger), the convicts head on an action-packed adventure to get their bounty and their freedom. The film is a smaller scale precursor to The Dirty Dozen.