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This Island Earth (1955)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1955 (USA)
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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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. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Faith Domergue, the pants of her costume were so skintight that she could not wear underwear. A female assistant had to help her put them on and take them off. See more »

Goofs

During the last scene of Cal and Ruth inside the small airplane, a blue matte process screen is visible outside the plane. See more »

Quotes

The Monitor: Then you know that shortly we can expect Zagon to commence and sustain an all-out attack. Our ionization layer must be maintained until our relocation is effected.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Relocation? To where?
The Monitor: To your Earth.
Exeter: A peaceful relocation. We hope to live in harmony with the citizens of your Earth.
Dr. Ruth Adams: In harmony!
The Monitor: Our knowledge and weapons would make us your superiors, naturally.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Then why haven't your "superior" brains solved the problem of synthesizing uranium?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
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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