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This Island Earth (1955)

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Aliens have landed and are hiding on Earth, but need Earth’s scientists to help them fight an inter-planetary war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Writers: Franklin Coen, George Callahan.

Release Date: 1955-06-01
Status: Released
Run time: 87 min / 1:27
Budget: $800,000
Production Company : Universal International Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1955-06-01
Status: Released
Run time: 87 min / 1:27
Budget: $800,000

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Rex Reason
as Dr. Cal Meacham
Faith Domergue
as Dr. Ruth Adams
Jeff Morrow
as Exeter
Lance Fuller
as Brack
Russell Johnson
as Steve Carlson
Robert Nichols
as Joe Wilson
Douglas Spencer
as The Monitor of Metaluna
Karl Ludwig Lindt
as Dr. Adolph Engelborg
Robert Williams
as Webb
Coleman Francis
as Express Deliveryman
Richard Deacon
as Spacecraft Pilot
Regis Parton
as Mutant


Directing Joseph M. Newman Director
Writing Franklin Coen Screenplay
Production William Alland Producer
Camera Clifford Stine Director of Photography
Editing Virgil W. Vogel Editor
Art Alexander Golitzen Art Direction
Art Richard H. Riedel Art Direction
Art Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration
Art Julia Heron Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Rosemary Odell Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Joan St. Oegger Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Bud Westmore Makeup Artist
Writing Raymond F. Jones Story
Writing George Callahan Screenplay

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  • This Island Earth is a key example of what happens in rushed productions with insufficient coordination between the director/writing team and the effects/design team. The script and dialogue mention 'subtle' differences in the head shape of the Metalunan characters.

  • "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 ...

  • This Island Earth may be seriously handicapped by a poor screenplay and by a long delay before the action moves into outer space, but it’s saved by its truly amazing visuals.

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