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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | | Action, Sci-Fi | July 1956 (USA)
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

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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

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This science-fiction movie was "suggested" by the 1953 non-fiction book "Flying Saucers From Outer Space" by retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, who believed that certain aerial phenomena were interplanetary in origin. See more »

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During the offspeed playback, the reels are turning at close to normal speed, certainly at least half normal. For the high-pitched sound we heard earlier to have concealed an unnoticeable spoken message, the speed discrepancy would have had to be more than a factor of 10. See more »

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Good Special Effects Effort Undone By Budget
17 October 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

A model of restrained, professional film making, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS would be one of the best 50s sci-fi efforts had Columbia studios provided more of a budget. Hugh Malowe plays a scientist attempting to launch earth satellites. After repeated failures, he discovers that flying saucers are destroying his satellites. After the destruction of Cape Canaveral by the "saucermen," Marlowe discovers a method of "toppling" the anti-gravity saucers.

From there the story pretty much unravels. The "saucermen" give Marlowe and his team plenty of time to develop a weapon capable of defeating them. Worse, the final assault on Washington is as senseless and ineffectual as the typical US Presidential debate. The aliens pick virtually no targets of tactical or strategic importance. Ray Harryhausen's flying saucers, the alien's "exoskeletons" and sound effects in this movie are especially standout.


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