This Island Earth

This Island Earth

Jeff Morrow
Director: Jack Arnold, Joseph Newman Cast: Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
, Faith Domergue
Faith Domergue
Jack Arnold, Joseph Newman,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
UPC: 0025192013621
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 13,957

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Morrow Exeter
Faith Domergue Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason Cal Meacham
Lance Fuller Brack
Russell Johnson Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer Monitor
Robert Nichols Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt Dr. Adolph Engelborger
Richard Deacon Pilot
Coleman Francis Expressman
Edward Hearn Actor
Regis Parton Mutant
Eddie Parker Mutant
Olan Soule First Reporter
Robert B. Williams Webb
Jack Byron Photographer
Spencer Chan Scientist
Mark Hamilton Metatunan
Edward Ingram Photographer

Technical Credits
Jack Arnold Director
Joseph Newman Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
William Alland Producer
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Franklin Coen Screenwriter
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Edward G. O'Callaghan Screenwriter
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Millicent Patrick Makeup
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer,Special Effects
Virgil Vogel Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup

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This Island Earth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
A delightful movie and certainly a black eye for Mystery Science Theater's sawed-off shotgun of juvenile satire. Don't pay any attention to Anonymous and No Text reviews.
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