Sunday, January 25, 2009

EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS / Columbia - 1956 / Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff

This one's for Annie!!

It looks like we're bumping it up here in 2009!! Take, for example, tonight's classic offering, complete with a cool little bonus at the end!

Monster Music Maestro Mischa Bakaleinikoff is a favorite here at The Dungeon, he weighs in with 404 music department credits!!! Get this, his very first credit was for a movie called THE YOUNGER GENERATION from 1929!! A few other titles he worked on are THE VAMPIRE BAT, AIR HAWKS, THE THROWBACK, THE LONE WOLF IN PARIS, CRY OF THE WEREWOLF, THE UNKNOWN, CIGARETTE GIRL, SUPERMAN, JUNGLE JIM, BEWARE OF BLONDIE, CAPTAIN VIDEO, KILLER APE, SCREAMING MIMI...

Oh, he worked on a lot of Ray Harryhausen projects too!! But, for now, here's EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS!!

Hugh Marlowe and his hot new wifey Joan Taylor are working on a secret space project for the government. Her dad is the general, played by the uncanny Morris Ankrum!

But, as always in the fifties, monsters from outer space come to Earth and ruin everything!

Their presence is felt around the world...

Did I mention, they like to blow things up!!

And, they have bad-ass robots that shoot death rays?!..

Well, they certainly do, George! And, it hoits!!

They take turns trying to figure out who's under the helmet by asking a series of embarrassing questions...

These three stills are from the most distressing part of the film. Hugh and Joan get to witness the general after his mind is stolen by the aliens, then tossed from the saucer!! Paul Frees did the alien voice!

For revenge, Hugh comes up with this infernal contraption, and, that spells the end for the space invaders!

Poetry in motion...

I saw a clip on TV news about 10 years ago where a flying saucer was seen and photographed around Mexico City, and, guess what, it was one of these!.. Whatta hoot!!

Is this an awesome shot, or what?!


Of course, Joan just can't get Hugh's mind off those pesky aliens... Now, its... "I wonder if they'll ever be back?"

Okay, here's something we've had hanging around for the right moment, and, well, now seems right! I noticed its a bit louder than the soundclip, so, maybe turn it down a little... Later.


Unknown said...

Love it! Thank you so much.

Lacey said...

Thanks for posting this classic AND posting the new, "colorized" release.
Not a fan of colorizing, but Legend Films did this job for 20th Century and they do a respectful job on all their projects.

One minor point. . .
Those are NOT robots.
They are the wakened spacemen who must use the suites to move around and make them stronger. They can fire energy beams (good) but are not bullet proof (bad).

Greg Goodsell said...

The colorization on this thing sucks! Everybody has the exact same skin tone!

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Anonymous said...

Great stuff!Thanks for posting!

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