Earth vs. the Flying Saucers ()

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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.


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Dr. Russell A. Marvin
Carol Marvin
Maj. Huglin
Brig. Gen. John Hanley
Prof. Kanter
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Vice Adm. Enright (as Tom Browne Henry)
Gen. Edmunds
Motorcycle Cop (as Larry Blake)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Airplane Passenger / Air Intelligence Command Officer / Man in Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ...
Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ...
Military Messenger (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Military Officer (uncredited)
Dr. Alberts (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ...
Military Official (uncredited)
Alien (uncredited) (voice)
Military Official (uncredited)
Duke Green ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ...
Military Official (uncredited)
Sgt. Nash (uncredited)
Cutting - Generator Technician (uncredited)
Don Marlowe ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Worker in Control Tower (uncredited)
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ...
Radio Listener (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Murray Pollack ...
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Tank Commander (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ...
Maj. Kimberly (uncredited)
Air Intelligence Command Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Officer / Civilian at Military Conference (uncredited)
Man Crushed Beneath Wall (uncredited)
Civilian Observing Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ...
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Alfred Cassidy (uncredited)
Beal Wong ...
Chinese Radio Listener (uncredited)
William Woodson ...
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Fred F. Sears

Written by

Bernard Gordon ... (screenplay) &
George Worthing Yates ... (screenplay)
Curt Siodmak ... (screen story)
Donald E. Keyhoe ... (supported by "Flying Saucers from Outer Space" by) (as Major Donald E. Keyhoe)

Produced by

Sam Katzman ... executive producer
Charles H. Schneer ... producer

Music by

Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Fred Jackman Jr. ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Danny B. Landres ... (as Danny D. Landres)

Art Direction by

Paul Palmentola

Set Decoration by

Sidney Clifford

Production Management

Leon Chooluck ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Gene Anderson Jr. ... assistant director

Sound Department

J.S. Westmoreland ... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Frank Bayes ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ernest Reichert ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Russ Kelley ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Ray Harryhausen ... technical effects created by


Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Animation Department

Ray Harryhausen ... special photographic and animation effects (uncredited)

Music Department

Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Jack Erickson ... production coordinator
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Les soucoupes volantes attaquent (France)
  • Fliegende Untertassen greifen an (Germany)
  • La Terra contra els plats voladors (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La Tierra contra los platillos voladores (Spain)
  • La Tierra contra los platillos volantes (Spain)
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  • 83 min
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Trivia Ray Harryhausen stated in his biography that this is his least favorite of his films. See more »
Goofs During the opening sequence, just as Marlowe is nuzzling Taylor's neck whilst she's driving, the rear-projected film behind them indicates, not only, that Taylor is driving quite fast, but that her car is also passing another on the two-lane highway. Taylor's actions and demeanor in no way indicate such a critical maneuver. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Giant Claw (1957). See more »
Quotes Russell Marvin: [into tape recorder] July 16, to Internal Security Commission, re: Sky Hook. Summary and progress report, from project director, Dr. Russell A. Marvin.
Carol Marvin: And Mrs. Dr. Russell A. Marvin, without whose inspiration and untiring criticism this report could never have been written.
Russell Marvin: Married two hours and already she's claiming community property!
[directs his attentions to her neck]
Carol Marvin: Now that you're married, Dr. Marlowe, you don't have to sneak up on me.
Russell Marvin: You always did have eyes in the back of your head.
Carol Marvin: Besides, it's not safe when we're driving.
Russell Marvin: But pretty...
Carol Marvin: I thought intellectual giants were supposed to be backwards and shy.
Russell Marvin: My third-grade teacher, Miss Hickey, said I was a quick study.
Carol Marvin: You're starting something you're not going to be able to finish.
Russell Marvin: [sighs] Yeah. Yeah, today I've got a hot date with a three-stage rocket.
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