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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 ...
Himself (as Captain Willis Sperry)
Nicholas Mariana ...
Delbert Newhouse ...
Himself - Chief Photographer
Wendell Swanson ...
Tom Towers ...
Albert M. Chop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Floyd Burton ...
Dewey Fournet
Gene Coughlan ...
Dayton Colonel
Stan Gordon ...
Marie Kenna ...
Mrs. Chop
Robert Phillips ...
Captain Edward Ruppelt
John A. Sanford ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. John A. Sandford)
William Solomon ...
Paul Stone ...
Personnel Official


Interviews and documentary footage combine with the fictional story of an air-force pilot who encounters aliens.

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Actual color films of Unidentified Flying Objects that have been kept "Top Secret" until now! See more »








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3 May 1956 (USA)  »

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U.F.O.: The True Story of Flying Saucers  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Scared the Pants Off Me 40 Years Ago
16 June 2001 | by (South Salem NY) – See all my reviews

This documentary features, among several incidents, the re-enactment of the 1950's flying saucer encounters over Washington DC and recordings from the Mantell crash. Very scary stuff at the time. I saw this on television when I was around 10 years old. It gave me quite a few sleepless nights thereafter. My father, who was a radar expert with the Army at the time, confirmed to me that everyone in the Signal Corps was well aware of the Washington incident. Further, he described to me their "hunting" UFO's with radar in the White Sands, New Mexico desert. He was there frequently in the 1950's. They were launching captured German V-2 rockets, doing above-ground A bomb tests, sending men into the stratosphere with ballons. THERE CERTAINLY WERE ALL KINDS OF WIERD STUFF GOING ON WITH THE ARMY IN THE SOUTHWEST DESERT. To me, at age 10, this seemed to be proof that the flying saucers were real. I spent much of my teenage years searching for the truth - What were the UFO's? Why were they here? As an adult, I've finally accepted that the aliens are NOT here, no Roswell crash, no attack on DC, no death ray shot at Mantell. I sometimes wonder WHY they're not here. In the 1950's and 60's, flying saucers were not the silly stuff of abductions and other talk show nonsense. No, in the 50's and 60's the military feared that there really was something beyond our own technology in the skys. I guess that our more mudane modern reality disappoints me. I recently captured this movie on tape. I had not seen it in 40 years. The production was certainly made on a shoestring. Still, the DC incident is gripping. It captures beautifully an important chapter in our history. one characterized by cold war paranoia, fear, but also a sense wonder and mystery. I miss it.

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