Not of This Earth is an independently made 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film produced and directed by Roger Corman for his Los Altos Productions, that stars Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, and William Roerick. The film was written by Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna and was distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation. Prints ran 67-minutes; others were expanded by the distributor to 71-minutes.
Not of This Earth depicts the dark deeds of an alien intruder who hides under the name of Mr. Johnson. After a nuclear war, the people of his home planet, Davanna, have developed an incurable blood disease. Johnson’s mission to Earth is to test the blood of humans for its usefulness in saving his species from extinction.
After a nuclear war, the people of the planet Davanna developed an incurable blood disease. One of its citizens is sent to Earth to examine the blood of the humans for its usefulness in curing Davanna’s dying race. The intruder (Paul Birch) has adopted the name Mr. Johnson, conspicuous only for his oversensitive ears and his sunglasses, which he wears even in the dark. The sunglasses hide his blank, white-eyed stare which kills his victims by burning through their eyes and into their brains.
Johnson hires nurse Nadine (Beverly Garland) to look after him in his house. Her boss, Dr. Rochelle (William Roerick), is under Johnson’s hypnotic control after finding out about his patient’s peculiar blood cell structure. Johnson’s plans are disturbed by the unexpected and sudden appearance of a woman from Davanna. She asks him for an immediate transfusion, because her physical condition is rapidly deteriorating. Johnson then breaks into Rochelle’s office, but by accident he steals blood contaminated by rabies. Later, the Davanna woman collapses in the street, dying at a hospital. Nadine’s friend, police patrolman Harry Sherbourne (Morgan Jones), tries to question Dr. Rochelle about the dead woman, but he is unable to speak while under Johnson’s mind control. As a precaution, now fearing discovery, Johnson kills Rochelle, but Nadine, also in danger, manages to call the police. Johnson then flees in his car, pursued by Sherbourne on his motorcycle. When When Sherbourne turns on his siren, Johnson, suddenly distracted by the loud sound, drives his car off the road and dies in a crash.
After Johnson’s burial, Sherbourne and Nadine stand by his grave, which bears the inscription “Here lies a man who was not of this Earth”. While Sherbourne expresses mild compassion for Johnson, whose driving force was the rescue of his planet and its dying populace, Nadine refuses to offer any kind of pity. They leave, but soon a mysterious man appears at the grave site. Like Johnson, he wears the same sunglasses and carries the same distinctive case containing transfusion equipment
Griffith says that after he and Corman had collaborated on the film Gunslinger, he suggested they make a science fiction film and Corman agreed; Not of This Earth was the result. He also said he originally wrote the part of the vacuum cleaner salesman for himself.
Not of This Earth was released in the U. S. on the bottom half of a double bill with Corman’s Attack of the Crab Monsters.According to Tim Dirks, the film was one of a wave of “cheap teen movies” released for the drive-in market. They consisted of “exploitative, cheap fare created especially for them [teens] in a newly-established teen/drive-in genre.”
Some release prints of Not of This Earth run 71 minutes; these include duplicate scenes the film’s distributor added into the film. Example: a dialogue between Johnson and a representative from Davanna, which appears as a pre-title sequence, is reused again some minutes in the film. This release version circulated in syndication on U. S. TV stations, 16 mm copies, and bootleg DVDs and videotapes. ~ From Wikipedia