Not of This Earth (1957)

67m, 6,050 feet (8 reels)
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman. Production began on 7 June 1956.

Plot Summary

An alien from the planet Davana arrives on Earth using a matter transporter. His planet is doomed and his people dying and he has been sent here in search of the that may save his race from extinction. He begins abducting people from a small California town, sending them home to Davanna through his matter transmitter, but arouses the suspicions of a young nurse who ultimately reveals his terrible secret.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© MCMLVI [1956] by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Roger Corman
Production Manager: Lou Place
Screenplay by: Charles Griffith and Mark Hanna
Assistant Director: Lou Place *
Photographed by: John Mescall
Key Grip: Charles Hanawalt
Edited by: Charles Gross Jr
Music by: Ronald Stein
Sound by: Phillip Mitchell
Ryder Sound
Make Up by: Curly Batson
Special Effects: Paul Blaisdell *
Title Artist: Paul Julian *
Property Master: Karl Brainard

Paul Birch (Paul Johnson)
Beverly Garland (Nurse Nadine Story)
Morgan Jones (Officer Harry Sherbourne)
William Roerick (Dr Frederick W. Rochelle)
Jonathan Haze (Jeremy Perrin)
Richard Miller [real name: Dick Miller] (Joe Piper)
Ann Carroll (woman from Davanna)
Pat Flynn (Officer Simmons)
Barbara Bohrer (waitress)
Roy Engel (Sergeant George Walton)
Tamar Cooper (Nurse Joanne Oxford)
Harold Fong (Oriental man)
Lyle Latell
Gail Ganley (teenage girl)
Ralph Reed (teenage boy)

Alternative Titles

Gesandter des Grauens – Germany
Il vampiro del pianeta rosso – Italy
Emisario de otro mundo

Not of This Earth (1988)
Not of This Earth (1995)
Star Portal (1998)



  • The Allied Artists Checklist by Len D. Martin p.98 – credits, synopsis, note
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.160; 161-162 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.36 – credits, review
  • It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.71-82
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.50
  • by Walt Lee p.340 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.363-364