EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
(vt Invasion of the Flying Saucers) Film (1956). Clover/Columbia. Prod Charles H. Schneer. Dir Fred F. Sears, starring Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor. Screenplay George Worthing Yates, Raymond T. Marcus, based on a story by Curt SIODMAK. 83 mins. B/w.
   This film was suggested by Flying Saucers from Outer Space (1953) 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 climactic battle sequence, when flying saucers drop out of the sky and crash into famous Washington landmarks.
   JB

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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