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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:
(32 articles)
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Space Travel, Alien Invasions, and Atomic Monsters: The Best 1950s Science Fiction Films
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User Reviews:
Good Special Effects Effort Undone By Budget See more (102 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)

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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:
The footage of the bomber exploding is actual WW2 footage of a B-17 Flying Fortress (see also goofs entry).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When the saucers are attacking Washington DC, you can see large mountains in some of the background of some of the shots.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. Edmunds:When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our capitol, we don't meet him with tea and cookies!See more »

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22 out of 27 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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