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This Island Earth (1955)

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

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Storyline

Dr. Meacham is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth. Dr. Meacham then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the Doctors make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion. Written by <holland@maine.com>

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1 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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Budget:

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

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Plane scientist is seen entering is a drone DC3 guided by Metaluna to GA site. See more »

Goofs

When Cal is going to take off from Washington DC, the aircraft he is flying is a T-33. During the interview, the planes type and other data is clearly visible on the aircraft. The plane shown taking off is not a T-33 - it has a different type of nose. See more »

Quotes

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 Star Trek: Requiem for Methuselah (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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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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