Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Directors:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman), Jack Arnold (uncredited)

Writers:

Raymond F. Jones (story "The Alien Machine"), Franklin Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Robert Nichols ... Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Dr. Adolph Engelborg (as Karl L. Lindt)
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Storyline

The electronic engineer Dr. Cal Meacham is a prominent scientist that is studying industrial application of nuclear energy and also a great pilot. One day, he receives a different condenser and soon his assistant Joe Wilson receives a manual instruction and several components of a sophisticated machine. Cal and Joe build a communication apparatus and a man called Exeter contacts Cal. He tells that Cal has passed the test assembling the Interocitor and invites him to join his research. The intrigued Cal decides to travel to meet Exeter that sends an unmanned airplane to bring him to an isolated facility in Georgia. He is welcomed by Dr. Ruth Adams but she mysteriously does not recall their love affair in the past. They team-up with Dr. Steve Carlson and they note that the other scientists in the facility have been transformed, having a weird behavior. They decide to flee in a car, but they are attacked by rays and Steve dies. Cal and Ruth also witness the facility blowing-up and they ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The supreme excitement of our time! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The light airplane that Dr. Mecham and Dr. Adams attempt to escape in is a Stinson 105, a popular 4-seat light plane of the 1940s and 50s. See more »

Goofs

When Cal and Ruth attempt to escape in the plane, the sky is alternately light/dark between shots. See more »

Quotes

Exeter: Yes, they're concentrating all their attention on Metaluna. Those flashes of light... they're meteors... hundreds of them! Intense heat is turning Metaluna into a radioactive sun. Temperature must be... thousands of degrees by now. A lifeless planet. And yet... yet still serving a useful purpose, I hope. Yes, a sun. Warming the surface of some other world. Giving light to those who may need it. Now, into the converter tubes! Ruth, you take the first tube. You the next.
Dr. Cal Meacham: What about you?
Exeter: I'll use ...
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Alternate Versions

Castle Films released a very condensed version of this film in 16mm. 8mm and Super-8mm to the home movie market under the title "War of the Planets." See more »


Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A masterpiece
20 December 2002 | by DC8284See all my reviews

This 1955 science fiction flick in a nutshell? One word comes to mind: masterpiece. Masterpiece. When it comes to science fiction, the director of this edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster, Joe Newman is a master.

With the brilliant performances of Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, and leading lady Faith Domergue, this is a natural epic tale of the unparalleled interaction of aliens and humans.

You don't like science fiction, you say? I didn't either before watching it. But I couldn't press the fast forward button on my VCR remote as I watched "This Island Earth."

10 stars. Do yourself a favor and see this wonderful film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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