The Flying Saucer

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The Flying Saucer
Poster of the movie "The Flying Saucer".jpg
Directed by Mikel Conrad
Produced by Mikel Conrad
Written by Howard Irving Young
Mikel Conrad
Starring Mikel Conrad
Music by Darrell Calker
Cinematography Phillip Tannura
Distributed by Film Classics Inc.
Release date(s) 1950
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Flying Saucer is a 1950 American, black-and-white science fiction feature film, produced independently by Colonial Productions Inc., and distributed in the USA by Film Classics Inc. The film script was written by Howard Irving Young from an original story by Mikel Conrad, who also produced, directed, and starred in the film. Co-starring with Conrad were Pat Garrison and Hantz von Teuffen. This was the first feature film to deal with the (then) new and hot topic of flying saucers; it has no relationship to the later Ray Harryhausen film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, released by Columbia Pictures.


American Intelligence officials learn that Soviet spies have begun exploring a remote region of the Alaskan Territory in search of answers to the worldwide reports of "flying saucers." A wealthy American playboy, Mike Trent (Mikel Conrad), who was raised in that remote region, is recruited to assist a Secret Service agent in exploring that area to determine what the Soviets have found.

To his pleasant surprise, he discovers the agent is a woman named Vee Langley (Pat Garrison); they set off together and slowly become attracted to each other. Their cover story: He is suffering from a nervous breakdown and she is his private nurse. At Mike's family's wilderness cabin, they are met by a foreign-accented caretaker named Hans (Hantz) von Teuffen, new to the job.

Mike is very skeptical of the flying saucer story until he spots it in the sky, nearby. Assorted complications ensue until Mike and Vee finally discover that Hans is one of the Soviet agents; he is trying to acquire the flying saucer, an invention, it turns out, of American scientist Dr. Laughton. But Laughton's assistant, a communist sympathizer, has other ideas and tries to sell the saucer to the Soviets.

Mike and Vee eventually locate the saucer's hiding place and bring the Soviet spies to justice after first witnessing the flying saucer explode in mid-air, with an escaping spy aboard, a result of a bomb having been placed aboard by the cautious Dr. Laughton.




In 1953 the film was re-released in the USA by Realart Pictures Inc., on a double-bill with Atomic Monster, the retitled-reissue of Man Made Monster, originally released in 1941 by Universal Pictures.


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  • Warren, Bill. Keep Watching the Skies: American Science Fiction Films of the Fifties, 21st Century Edition. 2009. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-89950-032-3

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