Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Tagged: Film

Film (1956; vt Invasion of the Flying Saucers). Clover/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Fred F Sears. Written by George Worthing Yates, Raymond T Marcus, based on a story by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor. 83 minutes. Black and white.

This film was suggested by Flying Saucers from Outer Space (1953) by Donald E Keyhoe, and was made to cash in on the UFO mania of the period, though Keyhoe – who understood that the film would be documentary – was not pleased at the clearly fictional intent of the finished product. After a simple misunderstanding, there are spectacular scenes of destruction as Aliens in saucers attempt to defeat Earth using Ray Guns. The militaristic story is ill-written and badly paced. Though done on a small budget, Ray Harryhausen's elegant special effects – the only reason for watching the film – are impressive, particularly in the climactic battle sequence, when flying saucers drop out of the sky and crash into famous Washington landmarks. [JB]

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