U certificateThis Island Earth is a Film programme that first aired in 1955 and has been classified a U certificate.

This Island Earth is a 3 star programme



This Island Earth (1955)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman
Jack Arnold

On the surface a full-blooded space opera complete with interplanetary warfare and bug-eyed monsters, this film has a deeply disturbing undercurrent running through it.

Dr Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen, along with others, by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save the dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth.

Dr Meacham is whisked away by a flying saucer to Metaluna, where he is held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during his escape. With the help of Exeter (Jeff Morrow), a friendly Metalunan, he must get safely back to Earth, to save the planet from invasion.

Several elements make this film unusual compared to most SF films of the period: the essentially friendly aliens; the idea that man's prowess with atomic power can be used beneficially; its vivid and imaginative use of colour (it was one of the last films to be made in the three-strip Technicolor process) and its extravagant special effects.

A film that becomes more and more interesting as you dig into it and expose the contradictions that its surface can hardly contain.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1955

3/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Jeff Morrow...Exeter
Faith Domergue...Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason...Dr. Cal Meacham
Lance Fuller...Brack
Russell Johnson...Steve Carlson
Douglas Spencer...The Monitor of Metaluna
Robert Nichols...Joe Wilson
Karl Ludwig Lindt...Dr. Adolph Engelborg