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This Island Earth 
1955 | B&W | 87 Minutes | 2:00:1 | NR | Horror  | Mono | Universal Pictures


Director: Joseph M. Newman

Writer: Raymond F. Jones


Stars:

Jeff Morrow,
Faith Domergue
Rex Reason

Dr. Meacham is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth. Dr. Meacham then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the Doctors make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion.


Can't wait to see this B movie classic! Did you know There was a sequel to this film in the works in 1956. Screenwriter Franklin Coen and producer William Alland submitted a script titled "Aliens In The Skies" to Universal Pictures, and for a short time it was announced as in "pre-production development" at the studio. However, the studio boss, Edward Muhl, shot down their proposal when he looked over the proposed budget for the film, to be shot in Technicolor and CinemaScope, and to co-star Rex Reason and Faith Domergue reprising their roles, to be released in 1957. It was too expensive, he said. Muhl's idea of a science-fiction movie in the 1950s was a cheaply-made B-movie with a monster in it for the kids.

The film also was shown in drive-in theaters in the US in the summer of 1960 on a double bill with Forbidden Planet. It was also re-issued in theaters in America in July 1964.

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Part of the Count Down To Halloween Day 20
 

Comments

  1. I was glad to read a summary of this movie, since I only caught the last half hour of it last night. The title sounded familiar, and I think I remember the movie's theme song on that Svengoolie CD you sent. I am so looking forward to next week's movie! That will be a new one for me, but I know I'm going to like it. Werewolves are much more exciting than mummies for me! :)

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