Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)


EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956) One of Hugh Marlowe’s finest hours. Flying saucers by Ray Harryhausen and an alien voice over from future Disney/Land/World icon, Paul Frees. My favorite scene is in the first two minutes, the tracking shot at Air Intelligence Command Headquarters of eyewitnesses giving UFO testimony to government desk jockeys. Perpetual Sheriff/General Morris Ankrum gets his brain scanned. Great use of stock footage. Rousing score. Watch for Marlowe’s lifeless, on-set reaction shots to the near-death horror he’s supposed to be seeing – just like on the poster. Dialog Alert: “When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our Capital, we don’t meet ‘em with tea and cookies.” New Movies Every Friday, ‘Round Midnight.

6 Comments

  • 1
    Michael Hockinson
    December 1, 2012 - 13:05 | Permalink

    I guess we know where Thomas Dolby got the inspiration for the cover of his 1988 album, “Aliens A

  • 2
    Willard
    December 1, 2012 - 17:04 | Permalink

    te My Buick?” Yeah, pretty much.

  • 3
    Thomas Parker
    December 6, 2012 - 19:28 | Permalink

    OK, Hugh was a beached codfish in this one, no arguement, but give him credit – he was much better in It Came From Outer Space.

  • 4
    Thomas Parker
    December 6, 2012 - 19:41 | Permalink

    In fact, he was so good I forgot he was Richard Carlson…

  • 5
    Willard
    December 6, 2012 - 19:42 | Permalink

    That was Richard Carlson in It Came From Outer Space (unless Hugh had a bit part I’ve forgotten). Did you mean The Day The Earth Stood Still?

  • 6
    Willard
    December 6, 2012 - 19:46 | Permalink

    HA! You beat me by a minute. But I may have found a copy. I’ll run it tomorrow night if it’s workable. Thanks for the thought.

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