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18 May 1958 (USA) See more »
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An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Dick Miller ... Dave Boyer
Susan Cabot ... Sybil Carrington
Richard Devon ... Dr. Pol Van Ponder
Eric Sinclair ... Dr. Howard Lazar
Michael Fox ... Jason ibn Akad
Robert Shayne ... Cole Hotchkiss
Jered Barclay ... John Compo (as Jerry Barclay)
John Brinkley ... Crew Member
Tony Miller
Bruno VeSota ... Mr. LeMoine
Jay Sayer ... Jay

Mitzi McCall ... Mitzi
Roy Gordon ... The President
Beach Dickerson ... Crewman with Gun
Jim Knight (as James Knight)
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Roger Corman ... Ground Control (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Irving Block  story
Lawrence L. Goldman  (as Lawrence Louis Goldman)
Jack Rabin  story

Produced by
Irving Block .... co-producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Jack Rabin .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Stanley Orr .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionel C. Place .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects
Louis DeWitt .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Chuck Hanawalt)
 
Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor
 

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66 min
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Trivia:
The license plate for Dr. van Ponder's car was 9Z-9324 NY.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Most of the action seems to take place in New York, the home of the United Nations (and also based in views of the car license plates). But whenever a newspaper is flashed on the screen, it is always based in either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Further, all satellite launches in the 1950s were from Cape Canaveral in Florida.See more »
Quotes:
Dave Boyer:[on the floor of the UN] The delegate has spoken of naked survival. Gentlemen, you do not survive by abject surrender. Nations and worlds must fight for survival. If we give in now, let down our defenses, give this alien planet full control over our actions & our lives for mere survival...See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Laughably Bad But Entertaining, 12 March 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

War of the Satellites (1958)

** (out of 4)

American scientists are trying to send a satellite into outer space but they keep running into some sort of force shield that causes the satellite to explode. After the tenth failed attempt the aliens from space grow tired so they kill the scientist (Richard Devon) and take over his body so that they can sabotage any future attempts. It's up to Dave (Dick Miller) and Sybil (Susan Cabot) to try and bring down the alien as well as the deadly satellite shield. I love Roger Corman. I love the films he directed and produced no matter if they were higher quality stuff like the Price-Poe flicks or lower trash like this film here. There's no question that this film belongs in the "so bad it's good" category and I must admit that I'm rather shocked that this film doesn't get called out more than it does. Perhaps because until recently it was hard to see many fans haven't given it the badly made label because if you watch this thing and then watch something from Ed Wood you're going to notice a lot of things in common. As with most of Wood's features, this here features a large amount of stock footage and more often than not it doesn't match up with the "new" footage. Take for example the scene where the aliens try to teach the world a lesson by doing various bad things. We're greeted with all sorts of stock footage with stuff taken from previous movies and it appears one scene showing a full moon was borrowed from one of the Universal werewolf pictures. Another funny bit is when a couple are making out when something crashes and explodes. When we see the explosion it's far away from the kids but the boyfriend goes to look for the item and finds it a few feet from where they were. One, this doesn't match up with what we've seen and if it really was that close then the explosion would have killed the kids. Other funny moments include some really over-the-top performances including one hilarious sequence where the alien/scientist burns himself and the young scientist starts freaking out. The expression on his face as he tries to convince someone else of what he saw is priceless. Dick Miller fans will be happy to see him playing the hero here and it's always nice to see Cabot. WAR OF THE SATELLITES is one of many rips of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Most of the rips are poorly made and boring. This one here doesn't have much quality to it but the thing is never boring and fans of bad cinema should have a good time with it.

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