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The Flying Saucer (1950)

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

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Pat Garrison ...
Vee Langley
Hantz von Teuffen ...
Hans
Earle Lyon ...
Alex Muller (as Erl Lyon)
Lester Sharpe ...
Col. Marikoff
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Hank Thorn
Frank Darien ...
Matt Mitchell
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Turner
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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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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

Vee Langley: [Approaching the cabin] Oh, this is beautiful, Mr. Trent!
Mike Trent: Yeah, just like San Quentin. Come on, warden!
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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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The first UFO feature.

THE FLYING SAUCER is the first feature film about UFO's. The first screen depiction of "flying saucers" was in the serial BRUCE GENTRY: DARE DEVIL OF THE SKIES. Other than being a first, this film about a FBI agent sent to Alaska to find a flying saucer is pretty minor. Not much flying saucer in this film, but a lot endless shots Alaska's natural wonders, and scenes of FBI agent Mike Trent wandering around from one bar to another. The saucer is shown airborne for about a total of 30 seconds. There is also an interesting full scale mock up of the saucer, but it looks very different from the airborne one. Also the writers of this film seemed to think that there was always only one flying saucer that everybody was spotting back then.

One thing that disappoints a lot of people is that the saucer isn't even from outer space. This is not so odd considering when this movie was made. Back in 1949 about 80% of Americans thought flying saucers were real but did not automatically believe in E.T.s. Some thought they were from outer space, others thought they came from the U.S.S.R, while most thought they were American secret weapons (the Navy was often sighted as the ones who were testing them.) However in this film the subject of the flying saucer being from Russia is brought up, but no one mentions the idea of the saucer being from outer space. Also at the start of the film Mikes boss mentions that the saucer works on some totally new scientific principal. When the film wraps up, we are never told how the flying saucer works. I suspect the writers could not come up with one.


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