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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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Willis Sperry ...
Himself (as Captain Willis Sperry)
Nicholas Mariana ...
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Delbert Newhouse ...
Himself - Chief Photographer
Wendell Swanson ...
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Tom Towers ...
Albert M. Chop
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Floyd Burton ...
Dewey Fournet
Gene Coughlan ...
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Dayton Colonel
Stan Gordon ...
Reporter
Marie Kenna ...
Mrs. Chop
Robert Phillips ...
Captain Edward Ruppelt
John A. Sanford ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. John A. Sandford)
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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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The character of Al Chop was based on the real Albert M. Chop who was with the Department of Defense,Office of Public Information, in Washington, D.C. See more »

Goofs

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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A serious documentary with more punch than most 1950s
4 January 2001 | by (St. George, Utah) – See all my reviews

Trivia question for sci-fi fans: name the 1956 film that featured the talents of Les Tremayne (the general in `War of the Worlds' and the opening narrator of `Forbidden Planet'), Marvin Miller (the voice of Robby the Robot in `Forbidden Planet'), Olan Soule (who had a supporting role in `The Day the Earth Stood Still' and `Captain Midnight'), and Harry Morgan (Colonel Porter of `M.A.S.H.'). Here's a hint: Harry Morgan plays an Air Force pilot whose plane is surrounded by six flying saucers above the Washington, D.C. If all this sounds too good to be true, take a peak at this drama-documentary, based on the experiences of Al Chop, a reporter who served as press liaison for the Pentagon during its investigation of UFO's from 1947 to the early 1950s. Miller, Soule, and Tremayne provide the voices for the narrated portions of the film. Although the movie contains only two brief film clips to serve as photographic evidence of UFO's, the producers build a good case based on the credibility of certain UFO witnesses (airline pilots, military personnel, radar operators, etc.). On a more subtle level, director Winston Jones pulls off a clever trick; he begins the film as a pure documentary, but he gradually modifies this approach and focuses on reporter Al Chop's personal involvement in the UFO investigation. Chop slowly changes from UFO skeptic to UFO believer (and so will you). The climax is a gripping reenactment of a true incident which occurred in 1950, when a group of UFO's cruised above Washington DC for several hours. The voice of Harry Morgan is heard over the radio as an Air Force pilot whose plane is literally surrounded by UFO's, during which Al Chop and a group of bewildered military men cluster around the radar scope, watching in wide-eyed wonder. Dramatically speaking, this scene is far superior to its counterpart in `Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. The most amazing thing about this film is the fact that it was made with the full cooperation of the United States government, and every scrap of evidence it presents was made available to any and all scientific agency who wanted to examine it. Watch it and make up your own mind about UFO's -- but you'll loose some sleep over it before you do. Note: Some reviews mistakenly identify the star of `Unidentified Flying Objects' as Tom Powers, a co-star of `Destination Moon' (1950). The star of `UFO' is actually a Los Angles newspaper reporter (not a professional actor) named Tom Powers, who portrays the real-life reporter Al Chop.


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