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This Island Earth (Universal 1955)

This Island Earth (Universal 1955)

Universal’s first science-fiction feature in full colour, This Island Earth, was released on the 1st of June, 1955.

Directed by Joseph M Newman, the film was based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F Jones and starred Jeff Morrow as the alien Exeter, Faith Domergue as Dr Ruth Adams and Rex Reason as Dr Cal Meacham. In the nineties, the film came in for a deal of criticism, but it must be remembered that it was highly praised in its day for what were considered ‘sensational’ special effects, a masterful script and ‘eye-popping’ colour prints by Technicolor.

Generally, This Island Earth has fared quite well critically since its original release, and is considered as good an example of a science fiction film as any subsequent era has produced and, of course, it gave us a brand new Universal Monster: the bug-eyed Metaluna Mutant.

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    Ken Cocuzzo
    April 5, 2017

    This definitely deserves a spot among the great classic sci-fi flicks of the 1950s. The story and special effects (in the pre-CGI era) make it a worthy addition when considered in the context of that decade. A friend of mine had the great fortune to meet with Jeff Morrow and his wife a few years before Morrow’s passing in 1993. Morrow mentioned how much he enjoyed this movie (his first venture into sci-fi) and being remembered for his role in it.

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