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This Island Earth (1955)

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


(as Joseph Newman)


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

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Complete credited cast:
Douglas Spencer ...
Robert Nichols ...
Karl Ludwig Lindt ...
Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)


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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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Exeter announces to Meacham and Adams, "We are going through the thermal barrier," you can hear the hiss of the gas canisters releasing the fake smoke in the set behind them. See more »


Dr. Cal Meacham: What do you think of Mr. Mozart, Exeter?
Exeter: I'm afraid I don't know the gent... My mind must have been wandering. Your composer, of course.
Dr. Cal Meacham: "Our" composer! He belongs to the world.
Exeter: Yes, indeed.
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Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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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