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This Island Earth (1955)

 -  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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Rex Reason ...
Lance Fuller ...
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Douglas Spencer ...
Robert Nichols ...
Karl Ludwig Lindt ...
Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)
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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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Two mortals trapped in outer space... challenging the unearthly furies of an outlaw planet gone mad! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

1 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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This movie was featured in the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996). See more »

Goofs

As the ship leaves for Metaluna, Earth is shown on the view-panel, becoming smaller very rapidly. Yet several minutes later, the ship is shown becoming very hot, and Exeter says they are going through a "thermal barrier". Then there is discussion of leaving Earth's gravity. Both of these events would have occurred long before we had seen the Earth become so small on the view-panel. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cal Meacham: I feel like a new toothbrush.
[after being enclosed in a clear tube]
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Eeeeek!
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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