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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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Terrific sci-fi movie. Like wine, gets better with age. See more (99 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 / 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)
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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)

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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: When the Marvins are trapped below ground after the attack on Skyhook, Dr. Marvin turns on a flashlight once the power goes out. However, while the light goes on, it casts no beam anywhere. Similarly, when Marvin later drives his car to his hotel in Washington, its headlights, while lit, cast no beams.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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Terrific sci-fi movie. Like wine, gets better with age., 21 January 2003
Author: m-fan

This is a terrific older sci-fi movie. It has all the elements to make it a sold movie; a good variety of characters, an interesting plot, and a solid script. The great special effects are just icing on the cake. Much of the movie is told in documentary style with a voice-over of someone, which adds to the realism.

You can feel connected with the main characters and what goes on in the movie. Even most of the characters that don't have much of a role seem realistic, not two-dimensional (like some in Spider-man). The plot has many viable twists and the movie comes to a exciting and feasible conclusion (un-like Independence Day). Many/most people will find it more entertaining than the "classic" sci-fi invasion movie War of the Worlds.

This movie, even though it was a relatively mid-budget movie made in the 1950's, should serve as a message to modern day Hollywood. It shows how a movie if made with a lot of thought and heart, as opposed to just violence and/or sensualism, can produce a real winner.

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