This Island Earth

1955

Dr. Meacham is chosen along with others by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to do research that will help save their dying planet. However, an evil scheme is uncovered by the suspecting Dr. Meacham when he discovers the Metalunan's plan to take over Earth. Dr. Meacham then escapes an exploding Metalunan built Earth lab along with Dr. Adams only to be kidnapped while flying away in a small plane. A flying saucer wisks both the scientists off to Metaluna where they are held accountable for blowing up the Metalunan Earth lab during their escape. They later escape there with the help of Exeter the friendly Metalunan. Metaluna then self destructs and the Doctors make it safely back to Earth, which is saved from Metalunan invasion.

Cast:
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

 

Faith Domergue

Brunette beauty Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 16 June 25. When six weeks old, she's adopted by Annabelle Quimet and Leo Domergue. Her foster parents will never tell her she's adopted. In the early 30s she goes to California with her parents. At age 15, when she was still in high school, Domergue was put under contract by Warner Brothers but after Howard Hughes saw the beautiful budding actress, he bought Domergue's contract from Jack Warner for $50,000 and her representation pact from the Zeppo Marx Agency. He began romancing her, although she was 16 and he 20 years her senior. After she completed her studies and graduated from high school, she began training as an actress. In 1947, she married Hugo Fregonese, a director of Italian descent who was born in Argentina. Faith Domergue's first major film role came in Vendetta. Production of the film actually began in 1947, although the film wasn't released until 1950 due to a series of production mishaps, hirings, and firings. Her experience filming Vendetta proved so horrendous that Domergue was no longer eager to pursue an acting career. She left the U.S. with Fregonese after shooting wrapped on the picture. Following the birth of her daughter, Domergue returned to the US in 1950 and resumed her career. She once again signed with Howard Hughes and went to work on the RKO film Where Danger Lives. Neither Vendetta nor Where Danger Lives were box-office successes, and eventually Faith Domergue asked Hughes to end her contract. In 1952, Domergue signed a two-picture-per-year deal with Universal-International where, after years of promise, she was finally showcased in a number of memorable films. Her first picture at Universal was The Duel at Silver Creek (1952). During filming of Cult of the Cobra, Faith Domergue's marriage to Hugo Fregonese unraveled, and the couple divorced. Whereas Domergue had once been free to put her career on hold for periods of time, as a single mother with two children to support she threw herself into acting, making seven films and starring in a TV series between 1955 and 1957. Into the 1960s, Faith Domergue's films became more sporadic, although she did appear often on popular television programs of the day; see the filmography section for more information. After her 1966 marriage to agent Paola Cossa, Domergue began to cool her acting career. In 1972 she publishes "My Life with Howard Hughes". Her last film was the 1974 horror flick The House of Seven Corpses. Sadly, after a bout with cancer Faith Domergue passed away in 1999 at age 74.