When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
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While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket into Earth orbit to assist the exploration of outer space in Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message on their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites mysteriously fell back to Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens, who ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days in order to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope of the human race against the hostile aliens. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the scenes of a saucer attacking jets is actually based on footage of an air show crash. See more »
During the attack on Washington, a saucer fires on what looks like a bell tower with a clock on it and a pyramid-shaped top. However, when the scene shifts to a closeup of the tower exploding, it's Los Angeles City Hall (edited in from The War of the Worlds (1953)). See more »
People of Earth, attention... People of Earth attention. This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet... This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet. Look to your sun for a warning... Look to your sun for a warning.
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Pretty Intelligent For Its Genre, But Lacks Excitement
This was fairly interesting and nicely low-key for a 1950s sci-fi flick....which usually means one thing: hysterical women shrieking and screaming. Well, there's none of that nonsense here. Ray Harryhausen's special-effects were lauded and justifiably so for his era, but you can imagine how they look today 50 years later! They look pretty primitive.
The acting is respectable considering the three stars - Hugh Marlow, Joan Taylor and Donald Curtis - are anything but "stars." I do think the story could have used a bit of humor to spice it up a bit, but you can't always get everything.
At least this one was one "flying saucer movie" that had some intelligence. It might have had too much, because it had very little excitement.
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