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This Island Earth (1955)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Starlog #15 had a great article about This Island Earth, and the Internet Archive.org has scans of that issue.

Since I volunteer at the Archive: you're welcome. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I watched This Island Earth yesterday with Gord Green and Bulldogtrekker in our chat room.

I own a copy of that Starlog, and I was pleased to find the scans of it on Archive.org so I could post it here on All Sci-Fi and generate fresh interest in This Island Earth.

The article raised my enthusiasm for the movie and made me aware of production details I hadn't known. It was the prefect "pep rally" to get me ready for a wild and woolly space adventure! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't know why it took me 62 years to think of this (I saw this movie in 1955 at the age of seven), but today I realized that the Metalunan's obviously had colonies on several other planets!

Like . . . duh! Shocked

After all, they established a secret base on Earth to recruit our scientists to help them develop technology they could use to defend themselves from the Zagons. They're home planet was in ruins, they're attempts to negotiate peace with the Zagons had failed, and they were on the verge of extinction!

I'm sure this highly intelligent race established secret colonies on other planets which the Zagons didn't know about so the race could survive if the home world was destroyed!

And just to stay consistent with the movie, Exeter did NOT know about the colonies because they were top secret. Therefore, he didn't realize he could take his ship directly to the nearest colony world and get advanced medical treatment which would have saved his life!

Imagine an alternate version of the movie's conclusion in which Exeter actually did know about the colonies. With that in mind, here's how the sequel would go.

Exeter takes the ship to the nearest colony world, instead of to Earth. After they arrive and deliver the sad news of Metaluna's destruction, Cal and Ruth would bask in the glow of a vibrant Metalunan society completely untouched by those nasty Zagons! And while enjoying this utopian culture, they could establish peaceful relations with the Metalunans and forge an alliance against the Zagons which would protect both races from the threat of future Zagon attacks to both Earth and the Metalunan colony worlds!

The rest of the story would be about how the Metalunans and the Earthlings would work together to defeat the Zagons. The Metalunans would learn that mankind was as smart as they are, and that we therefore deserved to be treated as equals.

What do you think of the idea, guys? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now you're getting pretty close to the book version, Bud. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to see a remake, but instead of re-making the original movie go back to the original novel for inspiration!

(Some comments from Wikipedia)



This Island Earth is a 1952 science fiction novel by American writer Raymond F. Jones. It was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories magazine as a serialized set of three novelettes by Raymond F. Jones: "The Alien Machine" in the June 1949 issue, "The Shroud of Secrecy" in the December 1949 issue, and "The Greater Conflict" in the February 1950 issue. These three stories were later combined into the novel entitled This Island Earth in 1952. The novel became the basis for the 1955 science fiction film This Island Earth.

The story revolves around a race of aliens who, in recruiting humans for a group called "Peace Engineers", are actually using Earth as a pawn in an intergalactic war. Both the novel and the film contain some intriguing concepts that had not previously been considered by most science fiction of the time, but while the movie starts out in a very similar manner to the novel, it quickly goes its own way.

THE PLOT OF THE NOVEL :

At Ryberg Instrument Corporation, engineer Cal Meacham has received a quartet of bead-like devices that are meant to replace the condensers that he ordered. Thinking it a joke, he tests them anyway and finds that they work just as well as what he had ordered. He orders more and with them gets a catalogue filled with electronic apparatus completely unfamiliar to him. His interest piqued, he orders the parts necessary to build what the catalog calls an interociter.

When he turns the completed interociter on he confronts a man who invites him to join a group called Peace Engineers. Knowing that he would not refuse, the group sends a pilotless airplane to pick him up and take him to a small village/factory complex in a valley north of Phoenix, Arizona. He is greeted by Dr. Ruth Adams, a psychologist who seems to be afraid of something. Dr. Warner, the man he spoke with over the interociter, tells him that he will be in charge of the interociter assembly plant. He also meets Ole Swenberg, who was his roommate in college.

Six months later he meets the Chief Engineer, Mr. Jorgasnovara, who describes the Peace Engineers in terms reminiscent of the Babbage Society in Michael F. Flynn's novel In the Country of the Blind. Later he overhears Jorgasnovara's thoughts through the interociter in his laboratory. One night he and Ruth discover that the interociters are being shipped out, not by truck, but by spaceship. Again overhearing Jorgasnovara's thoughts, Cal learns that the Peace Engineers are involved in an interstellar war.

Cal believes that all of Earth should be participating in the war that the Peace Engineers have somehow gotten us into, so he gathers documents and samples and takes a small airplane to fly to Washington. Halfway to his destination he and his plane are snatched out of the air by a spaceship and taken to the moon. There Jorgasnovara tells Cal, Ruth, and Ole that Peace Engineers is actually run by his people, aliens called Llanna, and that the Llanna are engaged in a millennia-long, intergalactic war with people called Guarra.

Earth is now being used in that war as certain small Pacific islands were used in World War II.(THIS IS THE ORIGIN OF THE TITLE----THIS ISLAND EARTH.)

Returning to Earth, Cal, Ruth, and Ole find the plant being sabotaged. The Llannans decide to abandon it, but before they leave, Cal and Ruth discover that Ole is a Guarra sleeper agent. As a consequence of the interociter-mediated battle that destroys Ole and his non-human henchmen Jorgasnovara dies.

Cal and Ruth are taken to Jorgasnovara's home world and are told that Earth is to be abandoned completely, that the Guarra will destroy it, as they have destroyed so many other worlds.

Cal protests but the Llannan Council tells him that their war computers have predicted that they would not defend Earth.

But the Guarran war computers would tell the Guarra the same thing, so, Cal tells the Council, the best tactic is to do what the Guarra do not expect. The Llannans then agree to defend Earth and Cal and Ruth look forward to returning home.

Using some of these concepts along with your ideas, Bud, would possibly be a TERRIFIC new feature film worthy of a 200 million dollar budget!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always wanted someone to do the book and keep the period setting so they can have my favorite scene from the book. Cal is worried that they are going to have a strike, and the Metalunans state that they could just break any strike. Cal gets nervous, having visions of getting called in front of the House Unamerican Activities Committee. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I had to add the text below in the middle of my post from yesterday, because I didn't make it clear that my concept was a sequel based on an alternate ending for This Island Earth intended to set up the second film.

Imagine an alternate version of the movie's conclusion in which Exeter actually did know about the colonies. With that in mind, here's how the sequel would go.

Exeter takes the ship to the nearest colony world, instead of to Earth.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



And here's the famous scene from the first sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA VS METALUNA !
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Some Mute-Ants!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shasta's 1955 reprint had a new dust jacket promoting the 1955 movie version:

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Article from THEM!, a 1980's British fanzine.

Not a lot of new info, but the last article page has a few interesting facts.









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From FANTASTIC MONSTERS #1 1962

Click on each page here to see a large, easy-to-read version you can zoom in on. Click on the large version again, and then zoom in as close as you want!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gord, your article above got me in the mood to find a "making of . . . " video, so I've posted one below AND a nice copy of the full movie! Very Happy

The original images needed some enhancement to make them easy to read, so I worked on them and created the BIG VERSIONS we can click on to see the text better.

The video below is a fairly well done 13-minute documentary with quite a few interesting facts. The narrator and producer, Jonny Baak, is not one of those loud, fast-talking young guys who do these kinds of things for YouTube. If anything, his delivery is a bit dry, but he still has iinteresting things to say about the film.

Mr. Baak's video includes one of the sexiest pictures of Faith Domergue I've every seen! Very Happy






Just for the record, this is the other best one. Wink


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The second video is, surprisingly enough, a good copy of the full movie. It's only been on YouTube for one year, so they might take it down soon. If you don't own this movie, you can downloaded is with Savefrom.net for YouTube.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This fifties sci-fi feature stands out a bit because it's an early one in color - and brilliant color it is. The plot concerns visiting aliens among us; these aliens, who look like us except with slightly larger craniums and foreheads, have instituted a sneaky plan to gather Earth's top scientific brains so that they can help the aliens in their losing war against other, more hostile aliens.

One of these top brains is Dr. Cal Meacham (Rex Reason); he passes a test to construct a device and soon heads off to a secret location to join other Earth scientists, among them old flame Dr. Ruth (Faith Domergue) and Dr. Carlson (Russell Johnson of Gilligan's Island fame). The main alien - the one who contacts scientists - is named Exeter (Jeff Morrow). Eventually, two of these scientists travel to the home planet of the aliens, Metaluna, in a flying saucer. This is when it gets really colorful.



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The first half of the story is intriguing; we wait to see what develops. The 2nd half seeks to impress us with visual splendor. There are problems on both fronts. I admit there is interest to the plot in the first half, but it just doesn't make too much sense. The aliens demonstrate in the early going how much more advanced they are than us; how could even our top brains be of any help to them? Then, there seems no reason for two of the main characters to head to Metaluna, except as an excuse by the filmmakers to show off their special FX - the best of the fifties.

The war between the aliens is presented in condensed fashion - there's really no time to show an elaborate showcase of this war; that would require a 3-hour film. Also, as explained in the Wikipedia article on this film, there are some samples of faulty science in this one that are pretty bad - mostly in the field of cosmology. In all, I find Forbidden Planet to be much superior to this, on many fronts.

BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10


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Earth Scientists Recover Artifact From Metalunan Saucer That Crashed Almost 65 Years Ago!

Exclusive For The Daily (& Sunday) Planet by Lois Lane



The Metalunan Thought Transference Mind-Sifter?

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