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Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers (1956)

Approved | | Documentary | 3 May 1956 (USA)
Interviews and documentary footage combine with the fictional story of an air-force pilot who encounters aliens.

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Credited cast:
Willis Sperry ...
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Nicholas Mariana ...
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Delbert Newhouse ...
Himself - Chief Photographer
Wendell Swanson ...
Himself
Tom Towers ...
Albert M. Chop
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Floyd Burton ...
Dewey Fournet
Gene Coughlan ...
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Stan Gordon ...
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Marie Kenna ...
Mrs. Chop
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Captain Edward Ruppelt
John A. Sanford ...
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William Solomon ...
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Paul Stone ...
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Interviews and documentary footage combine with the fictional story of an air-force pilot who encounters aliens.

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An apparent typographical error led to many sources listing veteran actor Tom Powers (instead of Tom Towers) as appearing in this film. Tom Powers passed away in Nov 1955, about the time this film went into production. See more »

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The July 1, 1952 issue of Look magazine did not have Eisenhower on the cover as depicted, but a group of six pictures. One was of an Air Force fighter plane with the same blurb as the film's magazine: 'Flying Saucers - The Hunt Goes On'. See more »

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Interesting Capsulized Review
9 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The movie stands now mainly as an artifact of its time since the UFO fascination of the 1940's and 50's has largely faded away. In fact, younger folks may not be aware of how widespread the post-war fascination with the skies was. Viewers looking to the movie for entertainment should probably look elsewhere, such as the many entertaining space alien features of the time. Instead, the production takes pains to use only non-actors and documented content, concentrating on the genuinely puzzling instances of UFO's without speculation.

The highpoint, I expect, are the two actual films of unsolved UFO's. They're put into slow motion at the end for more careful study, but remain even then little more than moving points of light. The overall result requires some patience since the narrative sometimes lags. Nonetheless, anyone interested in the UFO phenomenon should not pass up this 1956, 90-minute review.


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