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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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Streaking out of the unknown comes a strange new terror! See more »


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Release Date:

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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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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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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