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Beginning of the End (1957)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1957 (USA)
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 »

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Dr. Ed Wainwright
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Audrey Aimes
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Gen. John Hanson
Than Wyenn ...
Frank Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Col. Tom Sturgeon (as Thomas B. Henry)
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Cpl. Mathias
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Capt. James Barton
John Close ...
Maj. Everett
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Guard at Lab
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Illinois Highway Patrolman
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Girl Teenager in Car
Hylton Socher ...
Frank - Soldier
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Gen. John T. Short
Douglas Evans ...
Norman Taggart - News Editor
Paul Grant ...
Male Teenager in Car
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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

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Trivia

The National Guardsmen wear the insignia of the U.S. 33rd Infantry Division, which is indeed the designated unit of the Illinois National Guard. The soldiers in Chicago wear the insignia of the U.S. Fifth Army, which at the time was headquartered in Chicago, where the film takes place. See more »

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Some editions (the MST3K episode at the very least) omit a short scene about 8 minutes in where Audrey tries to sneak some photographs of Ludlow and is caught by an officer who confiscates her camera. With this scene removed, there is an apparent continuity error when she later tells Col. Sturgeon that her camera was confiscated when she was there, then shows up at the checkpoint again to retrieve it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ed Wainwright: You can't drop an atom bomb on Chicago!
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Spoofed in Bees (1998) See more »

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Natural, Natural Baby
Words and Music by Lou Bartel & Harriet Kane
Sung by Lou Bartel & Chorus
An ABC - Paramount Record
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Hopping Good Fun
31 July 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Bert I Gordon has given the classic sci-fi and horror community plenty to enjoy and that doesn't mean that Mr BIG's films are going to win any Academy awards, but they certainly entertain and isn't that why most of us watch films? Stars Peter Graves, Peggie Castle amd Morris Ankrum take a back seat to mutated grasshoppers in this classic from 1957. Personally, I skip the MST3K version of the film, the original version is much more fun and entertaining on it's own.


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