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Raymond F. Jones (story)
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Release Date:
1 June 1955 (USA) See more »
The supreme excitement of our time! See more »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? 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)
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (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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87 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: When Cal is going to take off from Washington DC, the aircraft he is flying is a T-33. During the interview, the planes type and other data is clearly visible on the aircraft. The plane shown taking off is not a T-33 - it has a different type of nose.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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Movie Connections:
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82 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?, 15 July 1999
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

Guess I'll have to watch MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE to find out what is so bad about THIS ISLAND EARTH. The film is intriguingly plotted, beautifully photographed, and has excellent (even by contemporary standards) art direction, costume design and special effects. So what if Rex Reason sounds as if he was dubbed (he always sounds that way), and some of the other performances seem a bit stilted. The Metaluna Mutant was the most memorable outer space monster until ALIEN.

I can only recall one technical error in the film. After the interociter (communicator) has been reduced to molten metal, Rex Reason picks up a Geiger counter and says, "It's no longer radioactive." There IS no set up for this (i.e., when it proved to be radioactive).

I'd certainly rate this film in the top ten of the best science fiction films of the fifties (probably in the top five). It's philosophical, exciting and well made.

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