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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 Space Movie That Boldly Went Where Others Haven't--Unfortunately! 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A print of this film was loaned to MGM where another science fiction spectacle, Forbidden Planet (1956), was being prepared.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scenes from the formal dinner to when Cal and Ruth are taken aboard the alien spacecraft, Ruth's attire keeps changing. Initially she is wearing a white cocktail dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline, and no jewelry. Later her dress has a higher neckline and she is wearing a pearl necklace. Still later, the necklace is gone again, the dress has returned to the lower neckline, but it now appears to be a pale lavender color. In at least one scene she seems to be wearing a blouse with a darker skirt.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Cal Meacham:I feel like a new toothbrush.
[after being enclosed in a clear tube]
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Movie Connections:
Edited into War of the Planets (1958)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd MovementSee more »

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70 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A Space Movie That Boldly Went Where Others Haven't--Unfortunately!, 4 February 2004
Author: Phil Baird (pbsbkb) from Rockport, Texas

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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