The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi/monster feature film host will present his big broadcast of the classic Universal monster/sci-fi masterpiece production of “This Island Earth” (1955), this Sat., April 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“This Island Earth” (1955) was directed by veteran director Joseph Newman, who directed numerous westerns, crime drama productions and adventure features throughout his screen career. Newman also directed four episodes of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” from 1963–64 and 10 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock’s hour-long mystery/suspense anthology TV series, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” from 1963-65 (a continuation of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”). The screenplay for Newman’s 1955 Universal sci-fi/monster production was written by Franklin Coen and George Callahan (Callahan was credited under the name of “Edward G. O’Callaghan”). Coen and Callahan (O’Callaghan)’s screenplay was adapted from Raymond F. Jones’ sci-fi novel. Veteran Universal producer William Alland produced “This Island Earth.”
This will mark Sven’s sixth big broadcast of “This Island Earth” (1955) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Newman’s classic Universal sci-fi monster masterpiece entry back in April 2012*, Oct. 2012*, April 2015, Jan. 2016 and June 2017.
Who was in Joseph Newman’s production of “This Island Earth” (1955)?
The players who appeared in Newman’s Universal production of “This Island Earth” (1955) were stunt performer Regis Parton (in an non-credited role as the Metaluna mutant), Jeff Morrow (as Exeter, Morrow later appeared in Fred F. Sears’ 1957 Columbia sci-fi/fantasy creature entry with Mara Corday; “The Giant Claw”), Faith Domergue (as Dr. Ruth Adams, Domergue also appeared in the 1955 Ray Harryhausen–Robert Gordon Columbia sci-fi/creature classic masterpiece; “It Came From Beneath the Sea”), Rex Reason (as Dr. Cal Meacham, Reason also appeared in the 1956 Universal “Creature” monster trilogy finale, “The Creature Walks Among Us”), Russell Johnson (as Dr. Steve Carlson; Johnson previously appeared in Jack Arnold’s 1953 Universal sci-fi classic masterpiece, “It Came From Outer Space;” he went onto greater fame in Sherwood Schwartz’s smash 1964–67 sitcom, “Gilligan’s Island”), Lance Fuller (as Brack), Robert Nichols (as Joe Wilson), Richard Deacon (in a non-credited role as a pilot, Deacon on to greater fame in Mel Cooley on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961-1966), Olan Soule (in a non-credited role as a reporter), Coleman Francis (in a non-credited role as a deliveryman; Francis later directed several Z-budget films, including 1961’s “The Beast of Yucca Flats,” 1963’s “The Sky Divers” and 1966’s “Red Zone Cuba;” Francis’ Z-budget features were famously riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”) and Orangey the Cat (in a non-credited role as the Neutron Cat, the feline film star previously appeared in the title role of Arthur Lubin’s 1951 Paramount screen comedy with Ray Milland, “Rhubarb;” Orangey later appeared in Bert I. Gordon’s Embassy comedic sci-fi/fantasy production with Ron “Ronny” Howard, Beau Bridges and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, “Village of the Giants”).