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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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Tagline:
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 »
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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 (uncredited) (voice)
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)
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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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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
200 grasshoppers were used for the film. During the filming, they began to cannibalize one another, so by the time the last shots were done, only a dozen were left.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Peter Graves tells Morris Ankrum that the grasshoppers become inactive at night, when the temperature goes below 68 degrees. Yet, the beginning of the movie implies that the grain storage site and the town of Ludlow were destroyed overnight.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Ed Wainwright:You can't drop an atom bomb on Chicago!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Natural, Natural BabySee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
What?... WHAT???, 11 August 2000

Sorry, it's a bit hard to hear myself think over that loud blaring music.

Another opus from Bert I. Gordon (of "Amazing Colossal Man" fame), this was one pretty much cut from the same bolt: huge creatures mutated by atomic radiation, really cheesy special effects (even by '50's sci-fi movie standards), loud pompous music, handsome dashing hero, pert, perky blonde heroine, etc.

This movie may not have Glenn Langan (or even William Hudson for that matter), it does have Peter Graves, which more than makes up for any Glennlessness. (Both movies have Hank Patterson, by the way).

Overall, this is an OK movie, given its time and genre; the really bad special effects previously alluded to will make you smile, and the mellow take-charge presence of Peter Graves will leave you feeling warm and secure - sort like you used to when you fel asleep in the back seat of you parents' car on long trips while Mom and Dad sat up front, taking care of everything.

Aaaahhhhh, now if they'd only turn down that music.

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