MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 33,878 this week

Beginning of the End (1957)

Unrated  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  28 June 1957 (USA)
3.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.4/10 from 1,699 users  
Reviews: 44 user | 33 critic

Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 12 Nov 2010
 
a list of 28 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 1233 titles
created 18 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beginning of the End (1957)

Beginning of the End (1957) on IMDb 3.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beginning of the End.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson
King Dinosaur (1955)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

A new planet moves into our solar system and four scientists (two couples) are sent to explore Planet Nova. In between romantic interludes, the cast faces an iguana masquerading as a ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: William Bryant, Wanda Curtis, Douglas Henderson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Duncan 'Dean' Parkin
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A wrongfully accused South Seas prince is executed, and returns as a walking tree stump.

Director: Dan Milner
Stars: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins
Tormented (1960)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders
Target Earth (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide).

Director: Sherman A. Rose
Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters.

Director: Kenneth G. Crane
Stars: Jim Davis, Robert Griffin, Joel Fluellen
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

People are trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The research, development, and deployment of the first atomic bomb, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima, are detailed in this docudrama.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dr. Ed Wainwright
...
Audrey Aimes
Morris Ankrum ...
Gen. John Hanson
Than Wyenn ...
Frank Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Col. Tom Sturgeon (as Thomas B. Henry)
Richard Benedict ...
Cpl. Mathias
James Seay ...
Capt. James Barton
John Close ...
Maj. Everett
Don C. Harvey ...
Guard at Lab
Larry J. Blake ...
Illinois Highway Patrolman
Eilene Janssen ...
Girl Teenager in Car
Hylton Socher ...
Frank - Soldier
...
Gen. John T. Short
Douglas Evans ...
Norman Taggart - News Editor
Paul Grant ...
Male Teenager in Car
Edit

Storyline

Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a military cover-up. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Filmed in New Horrorscope! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le début de la fin  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There really is a town called Ludlow, in the right area in Champaign County, IL, and the town Paxton is just north of it in Ford County. They are also near Chanute AFB, where reporter Audrey Aimes (Peggie Castle) was headed at the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the first locust encounter with the soldiers, a scene of a soldier falling down on one knee and firing his rifle at the locusts is reused a few scenes later. See more »

Quotes

Gen. John T. Short: Dr. Wainright, you're a scientist, you know what grasshoppers can do. I'm a soldier, I know what guns can do.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Natural, Natural Baby
Words and Music by Lou Bartel & Harriet Kane
Sung by Lou Bartel & Chorus
An ABC - Paramount Record
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
scarieee movieee (at least when I was nine)
27 October 2005 | by (Kingsport, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Beginning of the End was one of the scariest movies I ever saw. I saw it at the age of nine at our local first-time A-flick theater, the State. When it ran at the second-run B-flick theater, the Rialto, I dragged my little brother Jeff to see it. He watched it from between the seats. We used to sit up and watch Shock Theater and we knew scary when we saw it.

What a lot of people miss today, is that the popular science magazines at the time "Beginning..." came out were full of speculation about using radiation to enhance crops and livestock, just like the experiments in Peter Grave's agricultural station in the movie. I also remember that Bert Gordon's earlier movie, King Dinosaur, came out after a close approach to earth by an asteroid was in the news. These movies were ripped fresh from the headlines.

Yes, the low budget values are low. There's the ponderous pseudoWagnerian Albert Glasser music Da-DUM-da-da-da-DA-DUM motif for reporter-driving-down-road, cop-driving-down-road, reporter-stopping-at-road-block, etc. We see the mountains of Illinois that look suspiciously like southern California (at least they did not use Bronson Canyon in this one (they didn't did they?).)

Yes, they do use the same stock footage three times for rear projection behind characters "driving" down the road, but, hey, they DO tint the stock footage for the nighttime driving scene.

But the woman reporter, Peggy Castle, is not only a good looker, but a strong woman who is treated as a equal by most of the men, who show her respect. She is a tough cookie like Beverly Garland in It Conquered the World. Not a typical 1950s bimbo or weak sister. I always thought Peggy Castle's character taught Peter Grave's character how to be a man.

And when Morris Ankrum is in uniform, you know however dicey the situation, right and good will triumph in the end. Even in the Beginning of the End.

This movie does have a message: if you park on a lonely road and engage in illicit teenage necking, you will be eaten by giant mutant grasshoppers.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On Svengoolie 7/13/2013...... kooljerk666
The only movie to even mention my hometown. Philtheguy
Best lines soxfan7
Detroit? jeffreyholmes
I really liked this movie alot noname1479
Question about DVD releases stevenrjohnson
Discuss Beginning of the End (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?