Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

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Grandon Rhodes as General Edmunds, Hugh Marlowe as Dr. Russell A. Marvin and Joan Taylor as Carol Marvin, l. to r.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a 1956 film about Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers who contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Directed by Fred F. Sears. Written by Curt Siodmak, based on the 1953 book Flying Saucers from Outer Space by Donald Keyhoe.
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  • [voice over] 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... to fields of Kansas... the rice patties 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 Command gathers and sifts data from all quarters of the globe. Ninety-seven percent of the objects prove on investigation to be of natural origin... but three percent still are listed as unknown. The Air Force is aware of the widely held belief that some of these 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, headquarters of the Hemispheric Defense Command in Colorado Springs issued an order: all military installations are to fire on sight at any flying objects not identifiable. But even as they did so, the military wondered whether their scientific know how and their best weapons would be effective in any battle of...the Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers.

Dr. Russell Marvin

  • It's only a hollow steel ball, but for our purposes, it's a flying saucer.
  • 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 are a scientist.
  • [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.


  • People of Earth, attention... People of Earth attention. This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet... This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet. Look to your sun for a warning... Look to your sun for a warning.
  • We operate in a very different time reference. You might say all this is happening between the ticks of your watch or the beats of your heart.


  • Gen. Edmunds: When an armed and threatening power lands uninvited in our capitol, we don't meet him with tea and cookies!
  • Maj. Huglin: [to Alien] What makes you think you can conquer us without a fight?


Russell Marvin: [into tape recorder] July 16, to Internal Security Commission, re: Sky Hook. Summary and progress report, from project director, Dr. Russell A. Marvin.
Carol Marvin: And Mrs. Dr. Russell A. Marvin, without whose inspiration and untiring criticism this report could never have been written.
Russell Marvin: Married two hours and already she's claiming community property!
Carol Marvin: Now that you're married, Dr. Marlowe, you don't have to sneak up on me.
Russell Marvin: You always did have eyes in the back of your head.
Carol Marvin: Besides, it's not safe when we're driving.
Russell Marvin: But pretty...
Carol Marvin: I thought intellectual giants were supposed to be backwards and shy.
Russell Marvin: My third-grade teacher, Miss Hickey, said I was a quick study.
Carol Marvin: You're starting something you're not going to be able to finish.
Russell Marvin: [sighs] Yeah. Yeah, today I've got a hot date with a three-stage rocket.

Brig. Gen. John Hanley: As you were, Sergeant.
Sgt. Nash: Unidentified Flying Object reported flying due West, sir. Probably a buzzard.

Carol Marvin: My father! What have you done to him?
Alien: You're addressing General Hanley's mind, not General Hanley.

Carol Marvin: Russ, do you think there are any more? Will they come back again?
Dr. Russell A. Marvin: [pulling her up from her beach chair to head to the surf] Not on such a nice day.
Carol Marvin: And not in such a nice world. I'm glad it's still here.
Dr. Russell A. Marvin: It's still ours.
[they stare into the horizon then walk into the surf]


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