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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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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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(32 articles)
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Good Special Effects Effort Undone By Budget See more (106 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)
Jack Deery ... Military Officer (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
 
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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)

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Trivia:
The supposed satellite launches are actually stock footage of Viking rockets, high-altitude probes that were the predecessors of the Vanguard, intended to be the first satellite launcher. The later shots of rockets crashing at takeoff are really German V-2s, since none of the first 12 Vikings ever failed. Ironically, the 13th Viking, now called Vanguard, blew up on the launch pad, just like in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just a little past 13 minutes into the movie, as "rocket eleven" is launched, the video monitor shows the rocket release cable dropping at the countdown of 8. At the countdown of 1, the video monitor shows a different rocket, with a new release cable still attached, falling off (again?) as the rocket launches.See more »
Quotes:
Brig. Gen. John Hanley:As you were, Sergeant.
Sgt. Nash:Unidentified Flying Object reported flying due West, sir. Probably a buzzard.
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Good Special Effects Effort Undone By Budget, 17 October 2000
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

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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