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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:
Extraterrestrials traveling 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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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 (uncredited)
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. (director of photography)
 
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
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ray Harryhausen .... special photographic and animation effects (uncredited)
 
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating: colorised version) (2008) | UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) (2002) (2005) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17854) | West Germany:12 (nf) (cut)

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Trivia:
The scene of a "destroyer" blowing up is actually stock footage of the sinking of HMS Barham, which occurred on 25 November 1941. To not upset the British public, the Royal Navy decided to withhold an announcement until later; however, in late November 1941 a Scottish medium, Helen Duncan, who had heard of the sinking through a friend, disclosed the sinking during a seance. She was eventually tried under the British Witchcraft Act, the last person before it was repealed.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mercury is at perihelion every 88 days, not "twice every 3 months."See more »
Quotes:
Maj. Huglin, Liason Officer:[to Alien] What makes you think you can conquer us without a fight?See more »
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42 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
My favorite Si Fi, for obvious reasons, 5 February 2001
Author: ramarvin (ramarvin@hotmail.com) from Connecticut

I always wondered how they managed to pick the name of the main character in this movie (Dr. Russell A. Marvin). That is my name, and it is very uncommon. When I saw the credits in the IMDB, I realized the answer. The inspiration for this movie was a book by Donald E. Keyhoe, who was consulted on this film. In 1956, Keyhoe started an organization called NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena). In 1956, I was a real flying saucer enthusiast, and was one of the very first people to join NICAP. I believe that they picked my name off of Keyhoe's membership list. I was 14 years old at the time. Anyway, it's a good flick with some great special effects (done the old fashioned way) by the legendary Ray Harryhausen.

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