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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 Erl Lyon)
Lester Sharpe ...
Col. Marikoff
Russell Hicks ...
Hank Thorn
Frank Darien ...
Matt Mitchell
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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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alaska | nurse | playboy | spy | flying saucer | See more »

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Streaking out of the unknown comes a strange new terror! 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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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A black bear is shown when the plot indicates the more dangerous brown or grizzly bear. See more »

Quotes

Col. Marikoff: Mr. Trent, you're giving us a great deal of trouble. Why didn't you stay in New York with your drunken friends of the night club?
Mike Trent: I sobered up.
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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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Shot in Aug. and Sept. 1949, just as the telegrams say
23 February 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

I can't really add much more to what's already been said about this Alaska travelogue, but I will offer some praise to the unknown actress Pat Garrison, who plays the phony nurse Vee Langley. There is one sequence in which she goes swimming in a one-piece bathing suit, displaying an admittedly fine figure (she gets my choice for Anatomy Award Winner). There are some notable actors involved, all of them totally wasted (especially Denver Pyle and Earle Lyon), but veteran Frank Darien (Uncle John in "The Grapes of Wrath") has a better than usual role. Mikel Conrad is a total failure as a dramatic director, the action scenes are ineptly staged in what seems to come across as slow motion, and his own failings as an actor are maximized. He plays a two-fisted drinker who smokes constantly throughout the film (have to ward off boredom somehow), and the success of his secret mission (and the leading lady falling in love with him) boggles the mind; upon meeting the suspicious Russian caretaker for the first time, he blithely inquires as to whether or not he's noticed any Russian spies in the area! "The Flying Saucer" (1949) remains nothing more than a publicity stunt and vanity film for director-producer-star Mikel Conrad, notable chiefly as an historical footnote (being the first saucer movie), but effective only as a showcase for the Alaskan wilderness (I wonder if Sarah Palin ever saw this?)


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