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This Island Earth (1955)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1 June 1955 (USA)
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

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Storyline

Dr. Meacham is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth. Dr. Meacham then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the Doctors make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion. Written by <holland@maine.com>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The only woman from Metaluna seen in the film is played by Charlotte Lander, in her only screen appearance, at the control console for the decompression tubes on board the saucer. See more »

Goofs

As the trio return to Earth, the panels in the background of the control room brighten but the center one has a visible tear revealing them to be made of paper. See more »

Quotes

The Monitor: Then you know that shortly we can expect Zagon to commence and sustain an all-out attack. Our ionization layer must be maintained until our relocation is effected.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Relocation? To where?
The Monitor: To your Earth.
Exeter: A peaceful relocation. We hope to live in harmony with the citizens of your Earth.
Dr. Ruth Adams: In harmony!
The Monitor: Our knowledge and weapons would make us your superiors, naturally.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Then why haven't your "superior" brains solved the problem of synthesizing uranium?
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A Great Film
24 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time when I was about 10 years old and it has always stuck with me and when I saw it was on video I bought it immediately. I think that this is more than a B picture and what people have to remember is the fact that this film was made before all the great advances in special effects. Another thing that made it interesting was the fact that through the first half of the film you really didn't know if Exeter was human or alien. It wasn't until the second half of the film that we did see there was more to this mysterious group. This film is definitely an underrated classic of its era.


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