Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Factual error: The aliens request a meeting with Dr. Marvin on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, near Washington DC. However, the shot of him driving along the shore line shows mountains in the background, which don't exist in Eastern Maryland. (00:35:13)


Factual error: This mistake involves the scene with the "translating computer". This scene was actually filmed at the University of California's Engineering Lab, and the machine (called a differential analyzer) really was in use at that time. A photo of this exact machine can be seen in the November, 1951 issue of 'Radio and Television News' on page 70. Here's the mistake: In front of Dr. Marvin, is an X-Y plotter, used to plot graphs from the machine. When the camera zooms in on it, the camera now shows a pantograph, which is a mechanical device to duplicate drawings or sketches. Out of camera view, a crew member is writing the message, and the 'output' end of the pantograph is then shown doing the 'writing.' That machine (or any computer in the 50's) would be incapable of translating a foreign language, let alone an alien one. (01:00:55 - 01:01:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: The general gets a phone call just as Carol gets ready to leave his office at the Pentagon and he tells her, "You better get down to the shelter". As he says this the camera zooms in and it's shadow can be seen on his desk. (01:12:00)

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Dr. Russell Marvin: 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're a scientist.

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Trivia: Paul Frees is the apparent "spokesperson" for the aliens. His voice is heard throughout the movie. He's also the voice visitors hear in "The Haunted Mansion" rides at the Disney parks.

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