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This Island Earth (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 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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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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2-1/2 YEARS IN THE MAKING ! ...to bring you sights of FANTASTIC AMAZEMENT never before possible on the motion picture screen! See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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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

When Exeter is first talking to Dr. Meacham and Adams in his office, he shows them his Interocitor which is located in a large closet next to the door into the hallway. The closet's door is flush to the wall with the office door, but 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

Joe Wilson: Cal, I - I know everybody's seeing flying saucers and screwy lights up in the sky. Well, you can put me in the booby hatch too, because, so help me, I saw this ship turn a bright green up there.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Are you sure, Joe?
Joe Wilson: Positive.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Did you hear anything?
Joe Wilson: Yes. A high-frequency howl, very high, all the time your ship was...
Dr. Cal Meacham: Green. Did Webb see it?
Joe Wilson: Unless he's blind.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Check him.
Joe Wilson: Right.
Dr. Cal Meacham: Oh, and Joe... until we find out what happened, all three of us were blind.
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Loved it at age 11; still find it great at 56.
19 May 1999 | by (Huntsville, AL, USA) – See all my reviews

When it came out, I thought this was the most fantastic movie I'd ever seen. It was easy to identify with the lead character and to share his fascination with the technology that the aliens used to capture his attention and recruit his talents. I particularly remember being entranced by the special effects; the use of vivid color was outstanding among sci-fi offerings of the time. 45 years later, it's still my favorite of the era. I enjoy watching the movie on video and recalling the thrill of seeing it on the big screen for the first time.


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