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This Island Earth (1955)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1955 (USA)
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writers:

Raymond F. Jones (story "The Alien Machine"), Franklin Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ... Exeter
Faith Domergue ... Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason ... Dr. Cal Meacham
Lance Fuller ... Brack
Russell Johnson ... Dr. Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer ... The Monitor
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)
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Storyline

The electronic engineer Dr. Cal Meacham is a prominent scientist that is studying industrial application of nuclear energy and also a great pilot. One day, he receives a different condenser and soon his assistant Joe Wilson receives a manual instruction and several components of a sophisticated machine. Carl and Joe build a communication apparatus and a man called Exeter contacts Carl. He tells that Carl has passed the test assembling the Interocitor and invites him to join his research. The intrigued Carl decides to travel to meet Exeter that sends an unmanned airplane to bring him to an isolated facility in Georgia. He is welcomed by Dr. Ruth Adams but she mysteriously does not recall their love affair in the past. They team-up with Dr. Steve Carlson and they note that the other scientists in the facility have been transformed, having a weird behavior. They decide to flee in a car, but they are attacked by rays and Steve dies. Carl and Ruth also witness the facility blowing-up and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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About an hour into the movie, when the helmsman says "Now in fourth quadrant", his mouth says something different and moves considerably longer. The same thing happens again about two minutes later, when he announces "Entering ionized layer". See more »

Quotes

Joe Wilson: There isn't any reason around here.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1987 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Classic and strange piece of imaginative science-fiction with primitive but enjoyable effects
18 May 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The planet Metaluna is desperate need of Uranium to power its defense . As Aliens led by Exeter , Jeff Morrow , come to Earth seeking scientists to help them against enemy invaders . Two scientific , Rex Reason Faith Domergue , are deceived , menaced , abducted and transported from earth to a weird and ruined planet where occurs explosion and destruction.As our heroes are theatened by unknown forces .

Acceptable Scifi movie has thrills , intricate gadgetry , emotion , FX ahead of their time and super mutant monsters .This classic and rare Sci-Fi is considered to be the first serious film about interplanetary escapades .It contains primitive special effects and abundant matte painting . Including passable effects of a flying saucer based on a famous picture of an unidenfitied flying object UFO . Mediocre interpretation by an average cast. Starred by little known actors as Rex Reason as a nuclear scientist , Jeff Morrow as the rare alien , and the beautiful Faith Domergue as a nuclear fission expert who screams lustily . Other secondaries are given little to do such as Lance Fuller , Russell Johnson , Douglas Spencer and Richard Deacon . Here stands out the decent makeup by Bud Westmore creating pulsating cranium FX makeup on a gigantic and ugly Alien monster. Although some reviewers felt that the mutant utterly ruined an otherwise acceptable film . It was shown in US drive-in on a double bill with another classic Scfi titled Forfidden planet .

Strange but appropriate musical score from Herman Stein , Hans J Salter and Henry Mancini . Colorful cinematography in brilliant technicolor , by Clifford Stine , as technical details are presented in convincing enough fashion , being the only technicolor scifi movie Universal-International ever made .This genuine and decent science fiction was well produced by Willian Alland and professionally directed by Joseph M Newman . He was a prolific craftsman who made all kinds of genres as drama , gangster movie , Film Noir , adventure , such as : Tarzan ,Jungle patrol , The king of the roaring 20s the story of Arnold Rothstein , Love nest , Great Dan Patch and , of course , Science Fiction with this vintage film of the fifties titled This island earth. Rating : 6/10 , decent movie . Essential and indispensable watching for SciFi buffs . Well worth seeing.


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