Earth vs. The Flying Saucers

Year: 1956

Production: Clover / Columbia

Director: Fred F. Sears

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor,

Screenwriter: George Worthing Yates, Raymond T. Marcus

Based on a story by Curt Siodmak

83 minutes; B/W

This film was suggested by Flying Saucers from Outer Space by Donald E. Keyhoe (1897-1988), and was made to cash in on the UFO mania of the period. 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 climatic battle sequence, when flying saucers drop out of the sky and crash into famous Washington landmarks.

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