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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Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)


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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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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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Most of the sound effects, the ship, the interociter, etc are simply recordings of radio teletype transmissions picked up on a short wave radio played at various speeds. See more »


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 »


Exeter: Yes, they're concentrating all their attention on Metaluna. Those flashes of light... they're meteors... hundreds of them! Intense heat is turning Metaluna into a radioactive sun. Temperature must be... thousands of degrees by now. A lifeless planet. And yet... yet still serving a useful purpose, I hope. Yes, a sun. Warming the surface of some other world. Giving light to those who may need it. Now, into the converter tubes! Ruth, you take the first tube. You the next.
Dr. Cal Meacham: What about you?
Exeter: I'll use ...
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Referenced in Amazing Stories: Remote Control Man (1985) See more »


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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