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This Island Earth (1955)

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

Directors:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman), Jack Arnold (uncredited)

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. Cal and Joe build a communication apparatus and a man called Exeter contacts Cal. He tells that Cal has passed the test assembling the Interocitor and invites him to join his research. The intrigued Cal 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. Cal and Ruth also witness the facility blowing-up and they ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2-1/2 YEARS IN THE MAKING ! ...to bring you sights of FANTASTIC AMAZEMENT never before possible on the motion picture screen! See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The Metaluna flying saucer design was based on a famous photograph of an Unidentified Flying Object. In 1950, a farmer named Paul Trent saw, and photographed, a strange craft flying overhead. He took two photos before the craft sped off at fantastic speed and disappeared over the horizon. Known as The McMinnville Incident, because it happened in McMinnville, Oregon, Trent's photographs have never been exposed as a hoax. They remain among the very best photos ever taken of a UFO. See more »

Goofs

The first time Cal and Ruth get in the plane, there is no sound when Cal shuts the door. See more »

Quotes

The Monitor: It is indeed typical that you Earth people refuse to believe in the superiority of any world but your own. Children looking into a magnifying glass, imagining the image you see is the image of your true size.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Our true size is the size of our God!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Matinee (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
15 July 1999 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Guess I'll have to watch MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE to find out what is so bad about THIS ISLAND EARTH. The film is intriguingly plotted, beautifully photographed, and has excellent (even by contemporary standards) art direction, costume design and special effects. So what if Rex Reason sounds as if he was dubbed (he always sounds that way), and some of the other performances seem a bit stilted. The Metaluna Mutant was the most memorable outer space monster until ALIEN.

I can only recall one technical error in the film. After the interociter (communicator) has been reduced to molten metal, Rex Reason picks up a Geiger counter and says, "It's no longer radioactive." There IS no set up for this (i.e., when it proved to be radioactive).

I'd certainly rate this film in the top ten of the best science fiction films of the fifties (probably in the top five). It's philosophical, exciting and well made.


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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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