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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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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In a magazine article the special effects department admitted that the "mutant" costume originally had legs that matched the upper body but they had so much trouble making the legs look and work properly they were forced by studio deadline to simply have the mutant wear a pair of trousers. Posters of the movie show the mutant as it was supposed to appear. See more »


The dirt stains on Faith Domergue's blouse, picked up from the lake, change pattern in several scenes afterwards. See more »


Dr. Cal Meacham: I feel like a new toothbrush.
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Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A Space Movie That Boldly Went Where Others Haven't--Unfortunately!
4 February 2004 | by (Rockport, Texas) – See all my reviews

Pulp science fiction created an aura of awe and excitement that is rarely equaled in these current days of sci-fi movie "actioners". Gone are the opportunities to see alien species and their homelands depicted in "wonderous Technicolor". Instead, we are routinely preached to by screenwriters determined to warn us, ad nauseum, of man's follies and the impending disasters always depicted as a forgone result. Yes, now we get chiseled heroes, and heroines, too, who are usually engaged in single-handedly shooting up the screen with loud twentieth century-derived weapons. Where is the fun in these stereotypical, shoot-em-up extravaganzas?

"This Island Earth"("TIE") with (for its time, remember)jaw-dropping visuals, big, truly alien world realizations and theme of inter-solar system war, hasn't been matched since its debut almost fifty years ago! For a plot that catapults you half way around the universe with one beautifully realized set after another and an epic-sized stage on which to play out its themes, perhaps only "Forbidden Planet" ever matched up.

The sounds, the visuals and the story line of "TIE" weren't intended to chastise you as a stupid earthling, but instead, have long served to take the willing on an adventure ride that all too few space movies have chosen to create. Until Hollywood chooses to really explore the universe you ought to have your own copy of "This Island Earth", in order to frequently remind yourself of what we should all be seeing much more often: space movies that enthrall!

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