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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Two mortals trapped in outer space... challenging the unearthly furies of an outlaw planet gone mad! See more »


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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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Did You Know?


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 Steering Wheel Changes From Left To Right. In The Last Scene Of The Car Chase Just Before It Gets Blown Up. See more »


Joe Wilson: There isn't any reason around here.
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Referenced in Scalps (1983) See more »


Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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5 October 2004 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

This was the Star Wars of the 1950's. What movie are these people watching when they say there is no story? This is great escapist fun, filled with flying saucers, aliens, monsters and explosions! Some movies are just meant to be viewed *surprise* as entertainment! Kick back, turn off your brain, relax and watch a fun movie and be entertained by the lumbering bug eyed monsters! Sure, Rex Reason (cool name) is a walking totem pole, and Faith sure does scream a lot, but that's what women did in the 50's when they were being carried away by a scary monster. The effects are pretty good for its time, and the whole picture is a great time capsule about where we were mid-century when space was unexplored, and the flying saucer craze was still going on.

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