It's Earth Day! So let's salute a movie with "Earth" in its title for this week's overlooked film.
Here's a cheapie directed by Roger Corman, written by Charles B. Griffith (Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000) and Mark Hanna (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), and starring Paul Birch (for the most part) and Beverly Garland.
Birch, who had a distinguished stage, film, and television career, got pissed off at director Corman and walked off the film before shooting ended. Birch's remaining scenes were filmed with Lyle Latell as his stand-in. Birch went on to play mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner in the television series Court of Last Resort, Mike Malone in the series Cannonball, and Captain Carpenter in 13 episodes of The Fugitive, among many other roles. IMDB lists 111credits for Lyle Latell, including
playing Dick Tracy's partner Pat Patton in four films in that series.
Beverly Garland may best be remembered as Fred McMurray's wife in My Three Sons, as well as in recurring roles Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Seventh Heaven, Lois and Clark, Remington Steele, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Bing Crosby Show, and Decoy.
Roger Corman, of course, is best remembered for being...Roger Corman.
Enjoy this cheesy tale of an alien out to get human blood to revive his race.