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DVD Review – The Deadly Mantis (1957)

24 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Deadly Mantis, 1957.

Directed by Nathan Juran.

Starring Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph and Pat Conway.


A prehistoric giant praying mantis is freed from the Arctic ice and goes on the rampage across the Us.

The Deadly Mantis is not one of the first titles to spring to mind when you think about sci-fi horror movies from the 1950s and that’s something of a puzzler as it is actually one of the most confidently presented and enjoyable films of the era. Beginning with some hokey science – which crops up again throughout the film – we are treated to some old-style (well, they’re old-style now) map graphics that set the scene for us as we are given some gibberish about volcano eruptions causing ruptions in the Arctic, and then the traditional scientist and military involvement as the authorities try to work out what the giant body »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Gwtw Actress De Havilland Steals Show from Co-Stars in Romantic/Immigration Melodrama

7 May 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Hold Back the Dawn': Olivia de Havilland behind Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard 'Hold Back the Dawn' 1941 movie: Olivia de Havilland steals show as small-town teacher in love Olivia de Havilland shines in Mitchell Leisen's melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, a sort of opening bracket for the director's World War II-era films. Adapted by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett from Ketti Frings' semi-autobiographical story, Hold Back the Dawn stars Charles Boyer as George Iscovescu, a Romanian dancer unable to enter the U.S. from Mexico due to immigration quotas imposed at the onset of the European conflict. Paulette Goddard is his scheming former partner, Anita, who marries an American to gain entry into the country only to immediately leave the duped husband. George adopts the idea – a naïve small-town schoolteacher visiting a Mexican border town is his prey. As the unsuspecting teacher, Olivia de Havilland radiates understanding and sympathy. »

- Doug Johnson

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