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The Flying Saucer (1950)

Approved | | Thriller, Sci-Fi | 5 January 1950 (USA)
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Both the CIA and KGB investigate UFOs in Alaska: friend or foe?



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


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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5 January 1950 (USA)  »

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El disco volador  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Mike runs his boat into the rock, he is thrown back and up to his feet. In reality, when the boat stopped suddenly, he should have been thrown forward. See more »


Mike Trent: [to Thorn] I'm not going to Alaska. I'm having too much fun in New York.
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Before the title, a message, 'We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of those in authority who made the release of the "Flying Saucer" film possible at this time.' See more »


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How Many Flying Saucers Can You Make Out of a Roll of Reynolds Wrap?
22 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hardly worth the time to write this. Flying saucer sightings have been going on, making the headlines of major newspapers. A playboy and his girlfriend are sent to investigate. Mostly, we look at stock footage of Alaska (quite beautiful) as he tries to figure out what's with these devices. When we finally see one, it's all lumpy and disfigured, like it was hand made by some prop man. The plot really involves the Russians, who are going to use this saucer to attack the West (I guess). On the one hand, they are ruthless spies; on the other, they let people live, giving them opportunities to foil (aluminum foil) their plans. Since they are capable of killing, why tromp around a glacier when bodies could have been so easily disposed of? But that would have involved some intelligence on their part. Don't even bother to watch this.

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