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The Flying Saucer (1950)

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Both the CIA and KGB investigate UFOs in Alaska: friend or foe?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mikel Conrad ...
Mike Trent
Pat Garrison ...
Vee Langley
Hantz von Teuffen ...
Hans
Earle Lyon ...
Alex Muller (as Earl Lyon)
Lester Sharpe ...
Col. Marikoff
Russell Hicks ...
Hank Thorn
Frank Darien ...
Matt Mitchell
...
Turner
Roy Engel ...
Dr. Carl Lawton
Garry Owen ...
Bartender at Ernie's
Virginia Hewitt ...
Nanette
George Baxter ...
Fred Burnside
Philip Morris ...
Dreamland Bartender
Robert Boon ...
Barge Captain
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Storyline

The CIA sends playboy Mike Trent to Alaska with agent Vee Langley, posing as his "nurse," to investigate flying saucer sightings. At first, installed in a hunting lodge, the two play in the wilderness. But then they sight a saucer. Investigating, our heroes clash with an inept gang of Soviet spies, also after the saucer secret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Have we visitors from outer space? See more »

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Thriller | Sci-Fi

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5 January 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El disco volador  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

According to the dates shown on two telegrams, the basic action of the film takes place mid-August 1949. See more »

Goofs

When the two protagonists first enter the Alaskan lodge, there is a large mounted deer head visible on the wall immediately inside the door on one side of the window. Later, when the bad guys ambush them, the deer head has moved to the wall on the other side of the window. See more »

Quotes

Mike Trent: [to Thorn] I'm not going to Alaska. I'm having too much fun in New York.
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a movie of more than historical interest
4 August 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The Flying Saucer started life as a documentary on Alaska -and indeed some of the B&W photography and scenery are not only spectacular, they are beautiful. Then, according to Hans de Meiss-Teuffen "the Big Brains in Hollywood re-wrote the story and made me, without the loss of a single foot already shot, into a villainous Russian spy". As an aside, Hans de Meiss-Teuffen was one of the great adventurers of the XXth cy, singlehanded-sailor, mining engineer, hotel owner, lion hunter, double-spy... (his "Winds of Adventure", 1953, is a wonderful read) As a grade-B movie of minimal budget, The Flying Saucer is much better than most. Continuity, that some have criticized her, is actually decent for its period (and immensely better than in the famed "Flash Gordon"); and it is much less incredible than John Wayne's "Jet Pilot". Definitely worth seeing.


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