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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | | Action , Sci-Fi | July 1956 (USA)
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

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Bernard Gordon (screenplay), George Worthing Yates (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Marlowe ... Dr. Russell A. Marvin
Joan Taylor ... Carol Marvin
Donald Curtis ... Maj. Huglin
Morris Ankrum ... Brig. Gen. John Hanley
John Zaremba ... Prof. Kanter
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Vice Adm. Enright (as Tom Browne Henry)
Grandon Rhodes ... Gen. Edmunds
Larry J. Blake ... Motorcycle Cop (as Larry Blake)
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Storyline

While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket into Earth orbit to assist the exploration of outer space in Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message on their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites mysteriously fell back to Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens, who ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days in order to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope of the human race against the hostile aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The terrifying truth about flying saucers! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of the Flying Saucers See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Harryhausen stated in his biography that this is his least favorite of his films. See more »

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The aliens announce they have sunk a destroyer at latitude 30 degrees 20 minutes, longitude 45 degrees 15 minutes. They do not indicate north/south or east/west, nor plus or minus, so the destroyer was either off Madagascar or southern Brazil, in the Atlantic midway between Spain and Florida...or in the Iraqi desert. See more »

Quotes

Alien: We operate in a very different time reference. You might say all this is happening between the ticks of your watch or the beats of your heart.
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My favorite movie
11 April 2013 | by mice-13See all my reviews

My sister took me to this movie in 1956 when I was 8. It shocked me. For two weeks I was afraid to go to sleep at night for fear of nightmares. Some years ago I bought a 16mm print and studied it. It has all the right elements for a nerdy kid with glasses: Beautiful Joan Taylor and serious Hugh Marlowe work well together. The lonely laboratory at night is a wonderful location, frightening when attacked. Dr. Russell A. Marvin removing the helmet from the alien is particularly creepy. We know so much more now about outer space, so to appreciate this you have to suspend disbelief and travel back in time when comic books were 10¢. Soon after seeing this movie I was bitten by the movie bug which resulted in a lifelong passion for films and animation, which I have to credit to the intense effect that Earth Vs the Flying Saucers had on my young mind. I still watch this film several times a year and never get tired of seeing it.


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