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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...
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers -- Open-ended Trailer from Columbia Tristar


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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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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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  (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
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
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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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the four characters are in the saucer, the police officer takes his gun out and shoots it. The sound effect comes too late to cover the "click" of the actor firing the prop gun. If he had actually fired the gun, the sound of the discharge would have covered the "click" of the mechanism.See more »
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 »
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46 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Quintessential Fifties Sci-Fi, 28 October 2002
Author: popgun9 from San Diego, California

There are no dull frames in this remarkable saucer invasion film set directly in the center of the fifties. Harryhausen met the challenge of animating flying machines. Sure enough, they whiz, spin, even wobble when need be. Saucers even have a protruding ray-gun device. The action begins during the credits and never lets up. Admittedly, it's fifties. But it was impressive enough to heavily influence Tim Burton's Mars Attacks. You can't miss the references. Film is packed with clever and creative touches such as the tape recording including aliens speaking at a speed natural for them, but not for us on Earth. If you are not terribly put off by 50's, black and white, and (god forbid) stop motion, you can't go wrong with this quintessential sci-fi extravaganza.

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