This Island Earth

This Island Earth

Joseph M Newman (1955)

82min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This intelligent slice of 1950s sci-fi - two and a half years in the making proclaimed the poster proudly - ranks among the best and most cleverly conceived of the genre. Really it's a film of two parts. A talky earthbound section finds brainy boffins being recruited, nay shanghaied, by the marvellously otherworldly Jeff Morrow to save his distant homeland from destruction by interplanetary warfare. That's followed by a full-blooded space opera featuring astounding surrealistic landscapes on the planet Metaluna and fearsome insect-like mutations with huge bulbous craniums. It's hokey at times, but its message is clear: the more advanced the technology, the greater the scope for destruction.

Summary

The cream of the Earth's scientists are summoned to join a mysterious project, only to discover that they are being kidnapped by aliens who want to use the intellects' brilliant minds to help their deteriorating, war-torn planet. Classic sci-fi adventure, with Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Faith Domergue and Lance Fuller.

Cast & Crew

Exeter Jeff Morrow
Dr Cal Meacham Rex Reason
Dr Ruth Adams Faith Domergue
Brack Lance Fuller
Steve Carlson Russell Johnson
Joe Wilson Robert Nichols
The Monitor of Metaluna Douglas Spencer
Dr Adolph Engelborg Karl Ludwig Lindt
Director Joseph M Newman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video
Drama