Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Synopsis: While driving through the desert with his wife Carol Marvin to a military base to send the eleventh rocket into Earth orbit to assist the exploration of outer space in Operation Sky Hook, Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Carol see a flying saucer and accidentally records a message on their tape recorder. Once in the base, Dr. Russell is informed by his father-in-law and general that the ten first satellites mysteriously fell back to Earth. When Dr. Russell decodes the message, he encounters the aliens, who ask him to schedule a meeting with the leaders of Earth in Washington in 56 days in order to invade Earth without panicking the population. Dr. Russell develops an anti-magnetic weapon that becomes the last hope of the human race against the hostile aliens.
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Fred F. Sears
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

Since biblical times,

man has witnessed and recorded...

...strange manifestations

in the sky...

...and speculated on the possibilities

of visitors from another world.

Today, from the skies of California,

the fields of Kansas...

...the rice paddies of the Orient,

the air lanes of the world...

...come persistent reports of UFOs,

Unidentified Flying Objects...

...which we have come to know

as flying saucers.

In Dayton, Ohio, the Air Intelligence

gathers data from all over the globe.

Ninety-seven percent of the objects

prove to be of natural origin...

...while three percent still are listed

as unknown.

The Air Force is aware

of the widely held belief...

...that some could be

flying saucers from another planet.

While there is nothing conclusive

in the evidence...

...the probing and digesting

of information about UFOs...

...continues unceasingly.

As a result, the Hemispheric Defense

Command in Colorado Springs...

...issued an order:

All military installations

are to fire on sight... any flying objects

not identifiable.

But the military wondered...

...whether their scientific know-how

and weapons...

...would be effective in any battle

of the Earth vs. the flying saucers.

July 16. To Internal Security

Commission. Re:
Sky Hook.

Progress report from project director

Dr. Russell A. Marvin--

And Mrs. Dr. Marvin, without

whose inspiration and criticism...

...this report couldn't be written.

Married two hours and already

she's claiming community property.

Now that you're married,

you don't have to sneak up on me.

You always had eyes

in the back of your head.

-It's not safe when driving.

-But pretty.

I thought intellectual giants were

supposed to be backwards and shy.

My third-grade teacher, Miss Hickey,

said I was a quick study.

You're starting something

you're not going to be able to finish.


Yeah, today, I've got a hot date

with a three-stage rocket.

Now, please, no interruptions.

Because of recent

scientific advances... is now possible to realize

an ancient dream:

The exploration of outer space.

To prepare for this stride forward,

we are assembling data...

...on conditions at atmospheric levels

beyond those hitherto explored.

To collect this data, unmanned

observation posts are being sent up... multiple-stage rockets, hundreds

of miles above the Earth's surface.

There, swinging in endless orbits

around our planet...

...will be 12 tiny man-made

satellites, or moons.

They will report to us by radio

the primary information needed... prepare the way

for our ascent into space.

The effects of gravitational loss,

showers of meteoric dust...

...the fierce, undiluted heat of the sun,

the cosmic radiation.

All will be studied and analyzed.

At the present time, we have

launched 10 artificial satellites...

...or birds, as we call them. We--

-Do you hear something?

-Hear what?

-I don't hear any--


Pull over.

Russ, it was a saucer?

A flying saucer?

Well, we saw what appeared

to be a flying saucer.

That's all we can say.

We saw it. We heard it, both of us.

What more do we need to know?

Well, we have to have time to think,

to evaluate this...

...before we sound off.

Let-- Let me have a light.

Of course, it wasn't a saucer at all.

I just shake like this all the time.

Carol, I want you to transcribe

these notes for my report.

-Yes, boss.

-But there's one little thing first.

Now that you're married, Dr. Marvin,

the first thing you've got to learn... no more passes at the secretaries

during business hours.

All right.

--or birds, as we call them. We--


The saucer sound.

It's on the tape.

You forgot to turn it off.

I remember now.

I turned it off afterwards.

Well, that's one piece

of concrete evidence.

Rocket Number 11

will be launched in 20 minutes.

We'll leave it for now.

Come on, we've just got time

to get to the bunker.

General Hanley reporting to

Project Sky Hook.

Make it fast, I'm in a hurry.

Nobody allowed in.

There's a rocket taking off now.

That's what I want to stop.

Let me speak to Dr. Russell Marvin.

West Gate to Bunker Number 2.

Dr. Marvin.

Bunker Number 2, Marvin speaking.

This is the West Gate, sir.

General Hanley wants you.

Put him on. Carol, it's your father.

-Calling from Panama?

-No, right here at the project.

-Hello, Russ?


Well, welcome home, general.

What's the news from Panama?

It's bad, I'm afraid.

Listen to what I found

before you send up another rocket.

Can you possibly put it off?

I can't, we're tied to

a definite schedule of launchings.

Wait a minute,

there's something else I wanted....

Just a minute.

It's your privilege.

Hi, Dad.

-What is it, honey?

-I just wanted to hear your voice...

...and tell you we were

married last night.


-Forgive us for not letting you know.

I've gotta hang up.

Let's have dinner tonight. Can you?

Don't forget. Bye.

Fourteen, 13, 12...

...11, 10, nine,

eight, seven, six...

...five, four, three, two, one.

I know how the designer feels

hearing a thing like this...

...but Project Sky Hook

hasn't worked...

...the way the Defense

Department hoped.

Tell me, how many birds

have you sent up so far?

Eleven, counting today's.

How many are you in contact with

right now?

Just one. Today's.

I admit we haven't been able to

track them visually so far...

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