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This Island Earth (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1955 (USA)
Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

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(as Joseph Newman)

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(story "The Alien Machine"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
... Exeter
... Dr. Ruth Adams
... Dr. Cal Meacham
... Brack
... Dr. Steve Carlson
... The Monitor
Robert Nichols ... Joe Wilson
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. Carl and Joe build a communication apparatus and a man called Exeter contacts Carl. He tells that Carl has passed the test assembling the Interocitor and invites him to join his research. The intrigued Carl 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. Carl and Ruth also witness the facility blowing-up and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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15 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Exeter first talks to Dr. Meacham and Adams in his office, he shows them his Interocitor, located in a large closet next to the door to the hallway. The closet's door is flush to the wall with the office door. When they are out in the hallway, the outside wall is also flush, which means there was no place for the Interocitor in his office. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cal Meacham: Where am I?
Dr. Ruth Adams: Georgia.
Dr. Cal Meacham: I kind of expected Neptune.
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Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A Nice Sci Fi Movie of the Fifties
20 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

"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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