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Writers:
Raymond F. Jones (story)
Franklin Coen (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 June 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The supreme excitement of our time! See more »
Plot:
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Great Work of Science Fiction See more (103 total) »

Cast

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

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

Russell Johnson ... Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer ... The Monitor of Metaluna
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 (uncredited)
Regis Parton ... Mutant (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Les Spears ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lizalotta Valesca ... Dr. Marie Pitchener (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Webb (uncredited)

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

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

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
 
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bloodlust in Outer Space" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When the two doctors are aboard Exeter's ship, their hands grasp the metal bars, and Exeter said they did because the bars were magnetized, which might mean something if human hands were made of metal.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Wilson:There isn't any reason around here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd MovementSee more »

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66 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A Great Work of Science Fiction, 2 March 2000
Author: TEXICAN-2 from Benbrook, Texas

I first saw this movie when it was released in 1954. I was about six. I didn't see it again until @1967/1968, as a theatrical re-release. The big screen did help, but this second viewing, and subsequent viewings on video (I own it), show that it wasn't as perfect as my youthful eyes saw it to be. However, I still consider it a great show. It has the same basic plot of world domination by aliens that other movies of its day had, but, it is so different in it's approach, feel, and delivery, it just never seemed like the same plot to me.

It was also a rare Sci-Fi motion picture. It was filmed in color. Of the eleven horror/sci-fi movies of 1954 (and this list might not be exactly complete), only three were in color. Riders To The Stars (1954), Phantom Of The Rue Morgue (1954), and This Island Earth (four if you put 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) into this group). The remainder of the list range from the cheap quickie to the higher budgeted movie that had some effort put into them. The list is: Devil Girl From Mars (1954), Creature From Black Lagoon (1954), Killers From Space (1954), Godzilla (1954) [this is the Japanese release], Monster From The Ocean Floor (1954), Stranger From Venus (1954), Them! (1954), and Tobar The Great (1954). These black and white shows did have merit in their own way. And, they did what they were made for, to entertain a crowd of kids (and some adults). Almost everyone appreciates color more than black and white, and for a "Kid's" Science Fiction movie to be in color, it made This Island Earth all the more special.

Of course, the special effects, acting, and other aspects of this movie don't match up to today's standards. If it did, it would mean that there had been no advancements in over 40 years. For its day, the special effects are extremely well done. The sets were impressive. The script was intellectual without going leaps and bounds about the child viewer's head. The Mutant really wasn't as good as I remembered, but it was still impressive. Bud Westmore was the master of his day. He, Jack Pierce, and other makeup masters of the past, created the foundation for today's highly imaginative work.

Just think, future generations probably will give negative reviews of Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T. and many of the other groundbreaking movies of our time. They will probably laugh at the "poor" quality of the special effects, or the stilted dialogue and acting just as some of the younger audience does today.

I agree with other writers that point out how much people miss by not watching a black and white, or even just not watching an older movie. They don't come across as hip, realistic, terrifing, or as erotic as today's fare, but, if you really look at these shows, you will find the cornerstone of today's movies created by that moldy oldy from 40, 50, 60, or even 70 years ago.

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