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This Island Earth (1955)

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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.


(as Joseph Newman)


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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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After Dr. Meacham has arrived at the secret lab in Georgia and the scientists are having a dinner, a woman comments on the music playing at the background by saying: "Mozartti on oikein kaunista." This is Finnish and means "The music of Mozart is very beautiful." See more »


The sequence described starts at ~1:23:40 into the film. When the aircraft in which Drs. Meacham and Adams make their escape from the saucer is viewed in the bay, the number shown (N97422) is on the right upper wing. When the aircraft is released, and banks away, the number is on the left wing and is mirrored. The film was apparently inadvertently reversed. See more »


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This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi.
12 March 2003 | by (Hershey, Pa.) – See all my reviews

This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi. Those who complain of the hardware aspects have no romance - an Earth scientist receives an unsolicited manual and roomful of parts to build a futuristic two-way TV, but the parts are a marvel and the pages of the manual aren't paper, but some manner of flexible metal. After constructing the "Interociter", our hero receives a broadcast from Exeter, a fellow scientist with a suspiciously prominent forehead, inviting him to join his research team of the world's greatest experts in their fields. What follows is a comic book come-to-life, and in vivid, 3-part Technicolor! This film is beautiful to look at, and apparently many of today's best Sci-Fi filmmakers did. Rex Reason is fine as our hero, Jeff Morrow is one of the most memorable aliens of the era, and Faith Domergue is a fine actress and is mysteriously one of the most unsung beauties ever. And as to the hardware, the special effects, etc - there is actually nothing to complain about at all...the spaceship, the planet Metaluna, aliens, etc, are not merely passable for the 50's, they are compelling by today's standards. If you have just a bit of imagination, this is one of the best Sci-Fi classics of it's time, and still makes many contemporary efforts pale in comparison.

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