This Island Earth

1955

This Island Earth

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73%

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44%

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User Ratings: 4,447
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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 world to work on a top-secret project at Exeter's earthly mansion. Among those accepting the invitation are Cal Meacham (Rex Reason) and his ex-fiancee Ruth Adams (Faith Domergue). Soon, Cal and Ruth learn Exeter's true motives; to use the Earth's atomic knowhow in building a defense shield to protect Metaluna against the enemy planet Zahgon. Eventually, Exeter boards his high-tech flying saucer and whisks Cal and Ruth off to his dying planet, where, among other perils, they are menaced by a hideous mutant. Based on a novel by Raymond F. Jones, This Island Earth is one of those rare 1950s speculative films that holds up as well today as it did when first released, despite the comparative quaintness of the special effects and high-tech paraphernalia. Incidentally, the climactic Metalunan scenes were directed by Universal's resident sci-fi specialist, Jack Arnold.

Cast

Faith Domergue
as Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason
as Cal Meacham
Russell Johnson
as Steve Carlson
Robert Nichols
as Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt
as Dr. Adolph Engelborger
Olan Soule
as 1st Reporter
Mark Hamilton
as Metalunan
Coleman Francis
as Expressman
Spencer Chan
as Scientist
Edward Ingram
as Photographer
Jack Byron
as Photographer
Edward Hearn
as Reporter
Les Spears
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for This Island Earth

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Audience Reviews for This Island Earth

  • Apr 02, 2017
    Squarely in the fantasy sci-fi camp (as opposed to the kind of sci-fi based in reality) this 50's romp has the aliens here to enlist our help instead of the ever popular take over everything ethos we've come to expect. At least at the beginning. Still interesting even if dated. The dumbest guy in the film has the biggest brain! That alone is worth a drink or two!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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 V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2009
    More attention was paid to the science than the fiction.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    Fifties sci-fi that's as cheesy as they come. Visitors from outer space recruit a couple of American scientists to assist in putting down an invasion of marauding intruders. <center><div style="width:179px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/this-island-earth-evil-zahgon-12734504"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/73/45/12734504_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a></div></center> A masterpiece of low budget camp notable for it's two distinct types of aliens: the friendly, prominently foreheaded intellectuals and the lumbering, pincher-clawed Zahgons.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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