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Release Date:
1 June 1955 (USA) See more »
The supreme excitement of our time! See more »
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi. See more (106 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jeff Morrow ... Exeter

Faith Domergue ... Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason ... Dr. Cal Meacham
Lance Fuller ... Brack

Russell Johnson ... Dr. Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer ... The Monitor
Robert Nichols ... Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Byron ... Photographer (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Dr. Hu Ling Tang (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Pilot (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Express Deliveryman (uncredited)
Marc Hamilton ... Metaluna Inhabitant (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Ingram ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charlotte Lander ... Metaluna Woman at Decompression Console (uncredited)
Orangey ... Neutron--Cat (uncredited)
Regis Parton ... Mutant (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Les Spears ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lizalotta Valesca ... Dr. Marie Pitchner (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Webb (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joseph Newman)
Writing credits
Raymond F. Jones (story "The Alien Machine")

Franklin Coen (screenplay) and
George Callahan (screenplay) (as Edward G. O'Callaghan)

Produced by
William Alland .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Clifford Stine 
Film Editing by
Virgil W. Vogel  (as Virgil Vogel)
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Richard H. Riedel 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell (gowns)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
George Lollier .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Cleo E. Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... optical printing (as Roswell A. Hoffman)
Frank Tipper .... effects animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... flutist (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Dianna Cyrus Bixby .... aircraft pilot (uncredited)
Robert Hickman .... mutant constructor (uncredited)
Dorothy Hughes .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... mutant constructor (uncredited)
Chris Mueller .... mutant constructor (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick .... mutant designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Bloodlust in Outer Space" - USA (reissue title)
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87 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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According to Faith Domergue, the pants of her costume were so skintight that she could not wear underwear. A female assistant had to help her put them on and take them off.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 02 mins) You can see wires on the comet weapon.See more »
Dr. Cal Meacham:What do you think of Mr. Mozart, Exeter?
Exeter:I'm afraid I don't know the gent... My mind must have been wandering. Your composer, of course.
Dr. Cal Meacham:"Our" composer! He belongs to the world.
Exeter:Yes, indeed.
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50 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi., 12 March 2003
Author: Mickey Haist Sr ( from Hershey, Pa.

This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi. Those who complain of the hardware aspects have no romance - an Earth scientist receives an unsolicited manual and roomful of parts to build a futuristic two-way TV, but the parts are a marvel and the pages of the manual aren't paper, but some manner of flexible metal. After constructing the "Interociter", our hero receives a broadcast from Exeter, a fellow scientist with a suspiciously prominent forehead, inviting him to join his research team of the world's greatest experts in their fields. What follows is a comic book come-to-life, and in vivid, 3-part Technicolor! This film is beautiful to look at, and apparently many of today's best Sci-Fi filmmakers did. Rex Reason is fine as our hero, Jeff Morrow is one of the most memorable aliens of the era, and Faith Domergue is a fine actress and is mysteriously one of the most unsung beauties ever. And as to the hardware, the special effects, etc - there is actually nothing to complain about at all...the spaceship, the planet Metaluna, aliens, etc, are not merely passable for the 50's, they are compelling by today's standards. If you have just a bit of imagination, this is one of the best Sci-Fi classics of it's time, and still makes many contemporary efforts pale in comparison.

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