This Island Earth (1955)


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For reasons that defy logic, the excellent This Island Earth was held up for ridicule as an allegedly bad movie in the film version of TV's Mystery Science Theater. If not the best science-fiction film of the 1950s, Earth is certainly one of the most intelligent and elaborate. The story begins when the image of Exeter (Jeff Morrow), a huge-domed scientific genius from the planet Metaluna, appears on an experimental 3D television screen. Exeter invites several noted scientists from around the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Raymond F. Jones, Franklin Coen, Edward G. O'Callaghan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 22, 2006
Universal Studios Home Video



as Dr. Ruth Adams

as Cal Meacham

as Exeter

as Steve Carlson

as Joe Wilson

as Dr. Adolph Engelborg...

as Mutant

as 1st Reporter

as Metalunan

as Expressman

as Scientist

as Photographer

as Photographer

as Reporter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for This Island Earth

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

Worth consideration from anyone who enjoys their profundity with a side of cheese.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011

Intelligently directed by Joseph Newman.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
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Audience Reviews for This Island Earth


What was once probably cutting edge special effects are now laughably awful but for fans of 50's sci-fi that might be just the ticket. Goofy in its seriousness it still manages to entertain. Jeff Morrow with his extremely deep voice is perfect to spout the scripts various profundities while Faith Domergue a lovely woman although never much of an actress is suitably distraught. A Satuday afternoon matinee movie if ever there was one.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


If you're looking for a 50s example of style over substance, you've found it. This Island Earth (I'm still not sure how the title applies to the story) starts off with an interesting premise--aliens posing (poorly) as a think tank of sorts to recruit Earth's best and brightest for the scientific good. Turns out they're scientifically more advanced than us and need our help for some reason. Eventually they wind up killing all but 2 of the scientests (including The Professor from Gilligan's Island!) and abduct them, taking them back to their home planet that's got one foot on a banana peel and the other in the grave. The story is nonsensical shit. The first hour really tries your patience then sort of pays off with some kitschy set design, neat lighting and some fun effects that at the time supposedly took 2 1/2 years. Ooh! And a monster! I have a feeling I'd get more out of this from the MST3K perspective but you're better off watching Forbidden Planet as This Island Earth is the low-rent, poor man's version of that movie...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


This sci-fi movie is different from most 50s sci-fi movies. The story has to do with aliens bringing Earth scientist to their planet to help them. The settings are very cool and beautiful. I loved this movie, and I recommend it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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