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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Ed Wainwright
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Audrey Aimes
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Gen. John Hanson
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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

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

When Audrey is caught taking photos of Ludlow by the soldier there is no flashbulb in the camera but when it is returned to her at the checkpoint a bulb can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Col. Tom Sturgeon: Where do I get off asking the Regular Army for help with a bunch of oversize grasshoppers?
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Referenced in Gremlins (1984) 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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Beginning of a boring movie.
1 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie starts slow, goes at a slow pace, and finally ends slow. This movie is about giant locast that are overrunning Chicago. As interesting as this sounds, it isn't. Most of the film is watching grasshoppers that are super imposed on the background just run around. I don't mind using this technique, and I understand why they do back in the 50's, but couldn't they build something. A pincher, anything. Never is a person near one of these killer grasshoppers, at least build part of one and show someone being scooped up. And they are not very consistent on how easy this things are killed. In some scenes the grasshoppers die from regular machine gun fire, the next they can withstand tanks. The only saving grace to the film is actor Peter Graves.


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