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

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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June 1955 (USA)  »

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Bloodlust in Outer Space  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Most of the sound effects, the ship, the Interociter, etc are simply recordings of radio teletype transmissions picked up on a short wave radio played at various speeds. See more »

Goofs

When the space ship returns from Metaluna, Exeter tells Cal and Ruth to get in the airplane because they were in the Earth's atmosphere. The next scene shows they were obviously well outside the atmosphere. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Eeeeek!
5 October 2004 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

This was the Star Wars of the 1950's. What movie are these people watching when they say there is no story? This is great escapist fun, filled with flying saucers, aliens, monsters and explosions! Some movies are just meant to be viewed *surprise* as entertainment! Kick back, turn off your brain, relax and watch a fun movie and be entertained by the lumbering bug eyed monsters! Sure, Rex Reason (cool name) is a walking totem pole, and Faith sure does scream a lot, but that's what women did in the 50's when they were being carried away by a scary monster. The effects are pretty good for its time, and the whole picture is a great time capsule about where we were mid-century when space was unexplored, and the flying saucer craze was still going on.


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