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Director:
Writers:
Fred Freiberger (screenplay) and
Lester Gorn (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 June 1957 (USA) See more »
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Filmed in New Horrorscope! See more »
Plot:
Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Reporter finds true love and saves the world all in one day! See more (42 total) »

Cast

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Peter Graves ... Dr. Ed Wainwright

Peggie Castle ... 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

Frank Wilcox ... Gen. John T. Short
Douglas Evans ... Norman Taggart - News Editor
Paul Grant ... Male Teenager in Car
Richard Emory ... Lieutenant
Hank Patterson ... Dave
Steve Warren ... Soldier at Observation Post #3
Frank Connor ... Soldier at Observation Post #1
Don Eitner ... Soldier at Observation Post #2
Rayford Barnes ... Chuck - National Guard Corporal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Alyn ... B-52 Pilot (uncredited)
Bill Baldwin ... TV Announcer (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Patricia Dean ... Red Cross Representative (uncredited)
James Douglas ... Army Sentry (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Helicopter Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Police Lt. MacKenzie (uncredited)
Dennis Moore ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Zon Murray ... National Guard Sergeant (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ... Insecticide Man (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Extra beside Red Cross Representative (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Col. Hill (uncredited)
Alan Wells ... Headquarters Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Fred Freiberger (screenplay) and
Lester Gorn (screenplay)

Produced by
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography) (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller  (as Walter Keller)
 
Makeup Department
Steve Drumm .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Wilson Shyer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
James Harris .... property master
George Milo .... set dresser
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin .... stagehand (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George J. Eppich .... sound effects editor
Douglas Stewart .... sound effects editor
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound mixer (as Richard E. Tyler)
 
Special Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special technical effects
Flora M. Gordon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Herrick .... chief set electrician (as Austin Herick)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... conductor
Morrie McNaughton .... music editor (as Morris K. McNaughton)
 

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76 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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:
Continuity: During the battle for Chicago, whenever a grasshopper appears directly in front of troops, soldiers turn to their right and shoot away from it.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 »
Soundtrack:
Natural, Natural BabySee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Reporter finds true love and saves the world all in one day!, 18 January 2005
Author: pei8147 from United States

Beginning of the End (1957) When better to meet your new man than while saving the world from GIANT radioactive grasshoppers! That's what happened to Audrey Ames in "Beginning of the End". Audrey is a persistent reporter who is trying to get the scoop on a new story discovered on her way to a lackluster flying demonstration. On her way to the flying demo, she is stopped at a roadblock to a town that's been mysteriously destroyed! On a hunch, she visits a handsome entomologist named Dr Ed Wainwright. Little does she know that Dr Wainwright is the source of all the trouble in town! After much research, the Dr Ed and Audrey find the first attack site of the killer locust! A little too late for poor Frank Johnson, Dr Wainwright's assistant. Escaping from the locust appetite, the pair try move quickly to convince the army of the problem at hand. After several mistakes and delays, the army is preparing a final assault on the grasshoppers outside and in Chicago! The dilemma: an Atom bomb or a sketchy pied piper routine, which will save the day...

Beginning of the End is an amusing movie to watch! The acting is traditional of the sci fi movies of the era. The special effects are mediocre, but the humor in retrospect is delightful. After some research, I discovered this movie is a B movie attempt at recreating the success of "Them". The studio tried to save some money by using some special effect footage several times and didn't build miniatures to imitate the city. Apparently, the director even went as far as to hire the star of "Them"s brother to fulfill the lead roll of Beginning of the End. The science behind the story line is patchy at best. Several key mistakes were quoted by the scientist and army officers. If you are a fan of cheesy sci fi suspense movies, give this flick a try! You will not be disappointed. Who knows maybe you'll learn something that could save the world the next time we are attacked by radioactive BUGS!

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