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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 »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(32 articles)
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User Reviews:
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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 / Officer in Sighting Montage / Man in Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Dr. Alberts (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Alien (voice) (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Clark Howat ... Sgt. Nash (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Cutting - Generator Technician (uncredited)
Don Marlowe ... Bit Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
William Meader ... Worker in Control Tower (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Bit Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Alan Reynolds ... Maj. Kimberly (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Officer in UFO Sighting Montage (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer / Civilian at Military Conference (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Man Crushed Beneath Wall (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Alfred Cassidy (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... Chinese Radio Listener (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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Columbia's publicity department created publicity stills using the cut-and-paste technique. The resulting stills of the flying saucers were vastly inferior to the special effects in the film itself. In fact, one of the more infamous stills shows Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor standing on top of the water in the middle of the Potomac River.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:
Carol Marvin:My father! What have you done to him?
Alien:You're addressing General Hanley's mind, not General Hanley.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)See more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Great 50's Sci-Fi, 27 January 2000

Ray Harryhausen developed the flying saucers for this film, and they are worth seeing to be sure. The story is about how a space creature has contacted a professor on Earth, played nicely by Hugh Marlowe, and wants him to talk to his leaders. When there is a communication problem, the aliens destroy a rocket base. In short time, the aliens let the Earth and its people know that their intent is to take over the planet. Marlowe, working in conjunction with the military, develops a machine which renders the space ships incapable of straight flight. The film is a prime example of what good science fiction is all about. It has tension, extraterrestrials, fast pacing, and good special effects for its day. This film is very suspenseful and well worth a look.

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