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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers -- Flying saucers and their hideous inhabitants are determined to demolish planet Earth. The U.S. military's most advanced weapons are useless against the sophisticated saucers, and time is running out...
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Donald E. Keyhoe (book)
Curt Siodmak (screen story)
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Release Date:
July 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Before You Scoff at Flying Saucers - See the Greatest SHOCK Film of All Time ! See more »
Plot:
Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
an underrated gem See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Marlowe ... Dr. Russell A. Marvin

Joan Taylor ... Carol Marvin

Donald Curtis ... Maj. Huglin
Morris Ankrum ... Brig. Gen. John Hanley
John Zaremba ... Prof. Kanter
Thomas Browne Henry ... Vice Adm. Enright (as Tom Browne Henry)
Grandon Rhodes ... Gen. Edmunds
Larry J. Blake ... Motorcycle Cop (as Larry Blake)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Airplane Passenger / Air Intelligence Command Officer / Man in Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Military Messenger (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Dr. Alberts (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Military Official (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Alien (voice) (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Military Official (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Military Official (uncredited)
Clark Howat ... Sgt. Nash (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Cutting - Generator Technician (uncredited)
Don Marlowe ... Minor Role Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
William Meader ... Worker in Control Tower (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Radio Listener (archive footage) (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Tank Commander (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ... Maj. Kimberly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Air Intelligence Command Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer / Civilian at Military Conference (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Man Crushed Beneath Wall (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Civilian Observing Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Alfred Cassidy (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... Chinese Radio Listener (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred F. Sears 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Donald E. Keyhoe (book "Flying Saucers from Outer Space") (as Major Donald E. Keyhoe)

Curt Siodmak (screen story)

George Worthing Yates (screenplay) &
Bernard Gordon (screenplay) originally as Raymond T. Marcus

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... executive producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres  (as Danny D. Landres)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Frank Bayes .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ernest Reichert .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russ Kelley .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ray Harryhausen .... special photographic and animation effects
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Erickson .... production coordinator
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (Certificate #17854) | West Germany:12 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the buildings struck by crashing flying saucers is Union Station, Washington's main train station. This may have been inspired by a 1953 accident when a runaway passenger train smashed into the station concourse.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Some of the streets through which the trucks mounted with the intercepting guns drive were obviously filmed on the studio back lot, as no such neighborhoods or background areas exist in Washington, D.C., where the action takes place.See more »
Quotes:
Alien: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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 21 Jump Street (2012)See more »

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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
an underrated gem, 24 August 2002
Author: dave (dfnanderson@msn.com) from portland, oregon

While "War of the Worlds" is probably the most heralded of the 1950s alien invasion films, this one is a lot more fun. There are none of the heavy-anded quasi-religious sub-texts that weighed down WOTW. There are no pretensions of any kind. "Earth" gets right down to the business at hand...aliens coming to Earth with the sole purpose of kicking our asses. Throw in the always fun Harryhausen effects, in which real life monuments are destroyed (later incorporated in the equally dumb and equally fun "ID4"), and what's not to like?

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