Flying saucers are attacking

The Flying Saucers ( Earth vs. the Flying Saucers ) is an American film directed by Fred F. Sears , released in 1956 .


During the 1950s , the appearance of unidentified flying objects multiplied around the world. One day, while driving to the base where they are working on an observation rocket project, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and his young wife Carol are flown over by a flying saucer. which eventually disappears.

The doctor, who was busy recording information about the project he was working on, found that he had left the camera running and recorded a noise from the flying saucer.

Back at their base, they tried in vain to tell their military superiors the authenticity of their observation, without success. However, a spacecraft is signaled by radar and arrives over the base that it eventually destroys entirely. The protagonists of the story later realized that the sound recorded by Dr. Marvin was in fact a message setting a rendezvous for a meeting between humans and aliens.

From then on, war is declared all over the world, and it is thanks to Dr. Marvin that a weapon, capable of destroying the flying saucers of the aliens, will be developed and will allow the human race to emerge victorious.

Technical sheet

  • Title: Flying saucers attack
  • Original title: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
  • Director: Fred F. Sears
  • Scenario: George Worthing Yates and Bernard Gordon , from the book Flying Saucers from Outer Space , by Major Donald E. Keyhoe
  • Production: Sam Katzman and Charles H. Schneer
  • Production Company: Clover Productions
  • Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
  • Photography: Fred Jackman Jr.
  • Editing: Danny B. Landres
  • Artistic direction: Paul Palmentola
  • Special effects: Ray Harryhausen
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Format: Black and white – 1.85: 1 – Mono – 35 mm
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Duration: 83 minutes
  • Release date: United States : July 1956 , France :  


  • Hugh Marlowe (VF: Robert Dalban ) : Dr. Russell A. Marvin
  • Joan Taylor (VF: Nelly Benedetti ) : Carol Marvin
  • Donald Curtis (VF: Jean-Pierre Duclos ) : Major Huglin
  • Morris Ankrum (VF: Fernand Fabre ) : General John Hanley
  • John Zaremba (VF: Philippe Mareuil ) : Professor Kanter
  • Thomas Browne Henry (VF: Marc Valbel ) : Vice Admiral Enright
  • Grandon Rhodes (VF: Abel Jacquin ) : General Edmunds
  • Larry J. Blake (VF: Lucien Bryonne ) : the policeman on a motorcycle
  • Frank Wilcox : Alfred Cassidy

Around the film

  • Filming took place in Los Angeles and Washington .
  • Tim Burton was largely inspired by this film (among others) and the work of Ray Harryhausen to make his film Mars Attacks! .


  • Award for Best Audio Editing, by the Motion Picture Sound Editors in 1957.

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