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UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS: THE TRUE STORY OF FLYING SAUCERS (1956) **

Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers is a pseudo-documentary meant to cash-in on the UFO paranoia that gripped the late 40’s and early 50’s. A reporter named Al Chop investigates during the dramatized portions of the film which supposedly recreates “actual” events. In the end, the audience gets to take a look a “top secret” footage of UFO’s (it’s repeated and slowed down and magnified a bunch of times) so you can make your own conclusions.

Some of this nonsense is pretty funny (like when a businessman drops a bunch of paper plates out of a plane that say ‘Eat at Joes’), but the bulk of this film is rather dull. Far too many of Chop’s interviews are boring and feature non-actors who are clearly reading from cue cards. The flick also goes overboard on the narration as even the simplest of dialogue scenes have the narrator butting in and telling the audience what the characters just said.

I do have to say that it was sorta cool to see a movie like this that was made in the midst of UFO hysteria. I’ve seen far too many fact-or-faked UFO documentaries that were made decades after the fact, so it’s neat to see a timely take on the material. Too bad the film often resembles a feature length version of a prologue to any given 50’s Sci-Fi movie.

I guess it was kinda sweet to see some recorded “evidence” of UFO’s (in color no less). Unfortunately, you have to wait until the end of the film to see it. And even then, the footage isn’t really revealing enough to make sitting through all the slow parts worthwhile. Besides, Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers features far too many dull scenes of people looking at radar screens and/or talking to jet pilots over the radio to even make me even think of recommending it.

Best line: “I think this saucer incident is pure unadulterated bunk!”

AKA: UFO.

Tags: documentary, exploitation, sci-fi, u
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