EXT. BEACH - PACIFIC ISLAND - MED. SHOT - DAY
Backgrounded by palm trees and rolling surf, an American
army radar operator sits at his huge instrument, intently
tracking a target. Without interrupting this, he speaks with
tense excitement into a telephone transmitter strapped to
his chest. (It is 8:00 a.m.)
(In this and the subsequent scenes, music and cutting build
to an exciting crescendo).
EXT. FIELD - HONG KONG - MED. SHOT - DAY
A group of British soldiers, in shorts and tropical gear,
are gathered tensely around a piece of radar equipment, which
is tracking a target. The radar operator says something to
another soldier, who turns and speaks excitedly into a field
telephone. (It is 5:00 a.m.)
INT. INDIAN RADIO STATION - NIGHT
The microphone bears the word CALCUTTA. An Indian announcer,
his expression one of excitement and terror, jabbers into
the mike in a native tongue. A clock on the wall indicates
that it is 2:
EXT. RUSSIAN BOMBER IN FLIGHT - (STOCK) - NIGHT
The plane is identified by a red star on the fuselage.
INT. RUSSIAN BOMBER - NIGHT
The radioman is tracking an object on his radar scope. He
points it out excitedly to the pilot. The pilot adjusts his
microphone and starts making a report back to his base in
EXT. FRENCH VILLAGE - STREET CORNER - MED. CLOSE SHOT -
A group of French farmers is collected around a radio,
listening wide-eyed to the keyed-up voice which is telling
them, in French, of a strange object that has been seen in
the sky. They exchange uneasy glances. One old man crosses
SPLIT SCREEN SHOT
RIGHT SECTION OF SCREEN SHOWS INT. AMERICAN RADIO STATION -
A breathless American radio reporter is speaking into his
mike, but we can't hear what he's saying. On the wall behind
him is a clock which reads 3:32.
LEFT SECTION OF SCREEN SHOWS INT. BRITISH RADIO STATION -
A clock shows the time to be 8:32. The British announcer
tries to maintain his traditional BBC calm, but finds it
almost impossible to control his excitement.
Reports are coming in from all over
the Empire -- from all over the world.
The Government have not yet issued a
statement, but there seems to be no
question that there actually is a
large, unidentified object circling
the earth at incredible speed.
This announcer keeps talking, but his voice fades out, and
now we hear the words the American announcer is saying...
We still don't know what it is or
where it's from –- but we do know
there's something there. It's been
tracked around the world by radar
traveling at a rate of four thousand
miles an hour.