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This Island Earth
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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 Nice Sci Fi Movie of the Fifties 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)
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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:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
After Dr. Meacham has arrived at the secret lab in Georgia and the scientists are having a dinner, a woman comments the music playing at the background by saying: "Mozartti on oikein kaunista." This is Finnish and means "The music of Mozart is very beautiful."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 02 mins) You can see wires on the comet weapon.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Wilson:Cal, I - I know everybody's seeing flying saucers and screwy lights up in the sky. Well, you can put me in the booby hatch too, because, so help me, I saw this ship turn a bright green up there.
Dr. Cal Meacham:Are you sure, Joe?
Joe Wilson:Positive.
Dr. Cal Meacham:Did you hear anything?
Joe Wilson:Yes. A high-frequency howl, very high, all the time your ship was...
Dr. Cal Meacham:Green. Did Webb see it?
Joe Wilson:Unless he's blind.
Dr. Cal Meacham:Check him.
Joe Wilson:Right.
Dr. Cal Meacham:Oh, and Joe... until we find out what happened, all three of us were blind.
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Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd MovementSee more »

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42 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A Nice Sci Fi Movie of the Fifties, 20 April 1999
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

"This Island Earth" is not the greatest science fiction movie of all time, but it deserves more respect than it is often granted. The boys at MST3K (whom I think are great) may have done this film a great disservice. In its day, it was thoughtful, imaginative, and the special effects were excellent. I disagree with those who say there is no plot. The cold war fears and xenophobia were once again at the center of this fifties effort. The alien as our "friend" was later used in many settings, including one of the best of the "Twilight Zone" episodes, "To Serve Man."

I was young when I first saw this in a movie theater, but even then I found the home planet, Metaluma, very striking and its fate frightening. I fear that often our smugness in criticizing older films, judging them by standards that they could not have hoped to approach because of the limitations of the technology, keeps us from acceptance of their good points and their contributions. I have an acquaintance who can't watch the Maltese Falcon because it is in black and white. What a loss. The sets are striking in this film. The aliens are a bit of a stretch, but I still like what they are. I saw this movie a couple times in a theatre (not the MST version). As people left they were captivated and involved. When we left, we had had fun (not from ridiculing but enjoying). Granted there are no computer morphs and no giant metal bugs sucking brains out, but it is still good stuff.

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