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This Island Earth (1955)

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

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(as Joseph Newman)

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(story "The Alien Machine"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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June 1955 (USA)  »

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Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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

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2.00 : 1
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There was a sequel to this film in the works in 1956. Screenwriter Franklin Coen and producer William Alland submitted a script titled "Aliens In The Skies" to Universal Pictures, and for a short time it was announced as in "pre-production development" at the studio. However, the studio boss, Edward Muhl, shot down their proposal when he looked over the proposed budget for the film, to be shot in Technicolor and CinemaScope, and to co-star Rex Reason and Faith Domergue reprising their roles, to be released in 1957. It was too expensive, he said. Muhl's idea of a science-fiction movie in the 1950s was a cheaply-made B-movie with a monster in it for the kids. See more »

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In the scenes from the formal dinner to when Cal and Ruth are taken aboard the alien spacecraft, Ruth's attire keeps changing. Initially she is wearing a white cocktail dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline, and no jewelry. Later her dress has a higher neckline and she is wearing a pearl necklace. Still later, the necklace is gone again, the dress has returned to the lower neckline, but it now appears to be a pale lavender color. In at least one scene she seems to be wearing a blouse with a darker skirt. See more »

Quotes

[a mysterious catalog is delivered]
Dr. Cal Meacham: This isn't paper, it's some kind of metal!
[reads]
Dr. Cal Meacham: "Interociter incorporating planetary generator". "Interocitor with voltarator". "With astroscope".
Joe Wilson: Here's something my wife could use in the house. An "interocitor incorporating an electron sorter."
Dr. Cal Meacham: Oh, she'd probably gain 20 pounds while it did all the work for her. You know, Joe, according to this, there's no limit to what it can do. Laying a 4-lane highway at the rate of a mile a minute would be a cinch.
Joe Wilson: Cal...
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
15 July 1999 | by (Savannah, GA) – See 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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