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This Island Earth

  • Drama
  • Sci-fi
  • 1955
  • Joseph M Newman
  • 82 mins
  • PG

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

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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ExeterJeff Morrow
Dr Ruth AdamsFaith Domergue
Dr Cal MeachamRex Reason
BrackLance Fuller
Steve CarlsonRussell Johnson
Joe WilsonRichard Nichols
Engelborg Karl Ludwig Lindt
MonitorDouglas Spencer

Crew

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DirectorJoseph M Newman

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Released on
1955-06-27
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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