Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Aien
Bad alien!

This Columbia Pictures sci-fi film was directed by Fred F. Sears, produced by Charles H. Schneer, and stars Hugh (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) Marlowe, Joan (20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH) Taylor and Morris (THE GIANT CLAW) Ankrum.

The storyline was suggested by the bestselling non-fiction book ‘Flying Saucers from Outer Space’ by Major Donald Keyhoe, though the plot in the movie goes the full-on route of pulpy, full-scale alien invasion. Yes! This is what we want!

The iconic Ray Harryhausen-created flying saucers, of course, are the main draw for this fun flick. They are so, well, flying saucer-ish! This is how UFOs should look!

Ray's super-cool saucers!
Ray’s super-cool saucers!

I like how, at one point, the aliens initially try to negotiate a takeover without conflict because they don’t want to rule a messed-up world, but when they realise this isn’t going to happen… they simply throw their two human captives out of one of their craft mid-flight! Spiteful, nasty aliens!

Ray Harryhausen had considered portraying the aliens as animated worm-like beings, but the extraterrestrials in the movie were eventually portrayed as aliens wearing body armour made from solidified electricity (via men-in-suits, not stop-motion models). We do get a glimpse of an alien’s hairless, lined visage when its helmet is removed. ..

An alien's face is revealed
An alien’s face is revealed

This is one of the few 50s extraterrestrial invasion movies to actually deliver on what the posters promised: mass saucer attacks and lots of property destruction!

Boom!
Boom!

Here’s a whole bunch of posters for the movie (the Italians, as usual, produced some gorgeous artwork for their posters)…

US poster
US poster
German poster
German poster: very noir looking!
Finnish poster
Finnish poster
US poster
US poster
UK quad poster
UK quad poster
French poster
French poster
Italian poster - illustration by Anselmo Ballester
Italian poster – illustration by Anselmo Ballester
US poster
US poster
Belgian poster
Belgian poster
US three sheet poster
US three sheet poster
French poster - nice, loose artwork by Georges Kerfyser
French poster: nice, loose art style by Georges Kerfyser
Australian poster
Australian poster
US insert poster
US insert poster
Italian poster - illustration by Anselmo Ballester
Italian poster – illustration by Anselmo Ballester
Swedish poster: this one's very lively looking!
Swedish poster: this one’s very lively looking!
Australian daybill
Australian daybill
Italian Locandina movie poster (Anselmo Ballester art)
Italian Locandina movie poster (Anselmo Ballester art)

Some DVD, Blu-ray and VHS covers…

US DVD sleeve
US VHS cover
UK Blu-ray cover (colourised version)
UK Blu-ray cover (colourised version)
UK double feature VHS cover
US DVD cover (colourised version)
US DVD - disc 1
US DVD – disc 1
US DVD - disc 2
US DVD – disc 2

Lobby cards for the movie…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card (I have this one!)
Lobby card (I have this one!)
Lobby card - run away!
Lobby card – run away!
Lobby card
Lobby card

Assorted assets…

Comic strip ad for newspapers
Comic strip ad for newspapers
German program
German program
Japanese movie ad
Japanese movie ad
Super 8 movie box art
Super 8 movie box art
German ad art
German ad art
Publicity photo
Publicity photo

Okay, here’s a pressbook for the film…

Pressbook cover
Pressbook cover
Page 2
Page 2
Page 3
Page 3
Page
Page 4
Page 5
Page 5
Back cover
Back cover

Some cool art by Sam Williams, from 2016…

Sam Williams digital version
Sam Williams digital version
Sam Williams screen print version
Sam Williams screen print version

Finally, here’s the cover of the book that inspired the film…

Written by Major Donald E. Keyhoe
Written by Major Donald E. Keyhoe

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