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Samuel Newman (written by) &
Paul Gangelin (written by)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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Jeff Morrow ... Mitch MacAfee

Mara Corday ... Sally Caldwell

Morris Ankrum ... Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Louis Merrill ... Pierre Broussard (as Louis D. Merrill)

Edgar Barrier ... Dr. Karol Noymann

Robert Shayne ... Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin ... Pete - Pilot (as Ruell Shayne)

Clark Howat ... Maj. Bergen

Morgan Jones ... Lieutenant, Radar Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjie Bancroft ... Civil Aeronautics Board (uncredited)
Brad Brown ... Pool Party Diver (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Admonishing Man on Airliner (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Civil Aeronautics Board (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Fighter Pilot, in clips from 'Mission Over Korea' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Civil Aeronautics Board (uncredited)

Fred F. Sears ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Robert Williams ... First State Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred F. Sears 
Writing credits
Samuel Newman (written by) &
Paul Gangelin (written by)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco  (as Tony DiMarco)
Saul A. Goodkind 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard Katzman .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Special Effects by
Ralph Hammeras .... technical effects creator
George J. Teague .... technical effects creator (as George Teague)
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects: second unit (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... music supervisor
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jacques Belasco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Sperling .... production coordinator

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Germany:12 | New Zealand:M | UK:X (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Approved (certificate #18576)

Did You Know?

The producers originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen for the bird. However, due to budgetary limitations they were forced to use a marionette.See more »
Factual errors: Just before the CAB plane is attacked (0:27), the narrator gives the time as "oh-eighteen-fifteen" which is meaningless in military time. A moment later, he give the time in the correct terminology, "oh-eight-sixteen (0816)."See more »
Lt. Gen. Edward Considine:Hundreds of planes from every command are combimg the skies - searching for this overgrown buzzard.See more »
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Gonzo From Outer Space, 19 January 2001
Author: pghmoe from Pittsburgh

From the has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed school. A giant bird from space descends on earth, snatching up entire trains, hot rodding teenagers, and overacting bit players. Toss in terrible effects, hammy acting and science of the Ed Wood school and you have a surefire winner for any bad film fest. Then there is the bird itself, which comes complete with flareing nostrils.......

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