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This Island Earth (1955)

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

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writers:

Raymond F. Jones (story "The Alien Machine"), Franklin Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Directors: Irving Pichel, Walter Lantz, and 3 more credits »
Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers
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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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Taglines:

Two mortals trapped in outer space... challenging the unearthly furies of an outlaw planet gone mad! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A print of this film was loaned to MGM, where another science fiction spectacle, Forbidden Planet (1956), was being prepared. See more »

Goofs

About an hour into the movie, when the helmsman says "Now in fourth quadrant", his mouth says something different and moves considerably longer. The same thing happens again about two minutes later, when he announces "Entering ionized layer". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cal Meacham: Sun lamp?
Dr. Ruth Adams: That's what it looks like. Only instead of a suntan, you get your brain cells rearranged.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1987 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Matinee (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi.
12 March 2003 | by MickeyHSrSee all my reviews

This is a great treat from a wonderful era of Sci-Fi. Those who complain of the hardware aspects have no romance - an Earth scientist receives an unsolicited manual and roomful of parts to build a futuristic two-way TV, but the parts are a marvel and the pages of the manual aren't paper, but some manner of flexible metal. After constructing the "Interociter", our hero receives a broadcast from Exeter, a fellow scientist with a suspiciously prominent forehead, inviting him to join his research team of the world's greatest experts in their fields. What follows is a comic book come-to-life, and in vivid, 3-part Technicolor! This film is beautiful to look at, and apparently many of today's best Sci-Fi filmmakers did. Rex Reason is fine as our hero, Jeff Morrow is one of the most memorable aliens of the era, and Faith Domergue is a fine actress and is mysteriously one of the most unsung beauties ever. And as to the hardware, the special effects, etc - there is actually nothing to complain about at all...the spaceship, the planet Metaluna, aliens, etc, are not merely passable for the 50's, they are compelling by today's standards. If you have just a bit of imagination, this is one of the best Sci-Fi classics of it's time, and still makes many contemporary efforts pale in comparison.


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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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