Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) was a Fantasy - Horror Film directed by Fred F. Sears and produced by Sam Katzman and Charles H. Schneer.
The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon: EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERSBy Dan Day Jr. on Jul 12, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog
In the mid-1950s, master special-effects animator Ray Harryhausen was involved in a number of low-budget black & white movies which featured a particular creature--THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, and 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH. 1956's EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS does... Read full article
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Dr. Russell Marvin: Both Carol and I are subject to the same atmospheric disturbances that may have affected other observers, but there is a qualitative difference, when you're a scientist.
Dr. Russell Marvin: [talking into tape recorder] To the best of my knowledge my wife and I are the only ones left alive since we have not seen or heard from anyone for hours.
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The scene of a "destroyer" blowing up is actually stock footage of sinking of HMS Barham which occurred 25 November 1941. To not upset the British public, the Royal Navy decided to withhold an announcement until much late; however, in late November 1941 a Scottish medium Helen Duncan, during a seance disclosed the sinking. She was eventually tried under the British witchcraft act.
One of the scenes of a saucer attacking jets is actually based on footage of an air show crash.
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