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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:
(you may be...) Begging for the End See more (43 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)
Nels Mathias .... key grip (uncredited)
 
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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Col. Tom Sturgeon:Where do I get off asking the Regular Army for help with a bunch of oversize grasshoppers?See more »
Soundtrack:
Natural, Natural BabySee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
(you may be...) Begging for the End, 14 September 2006
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Thank you Bert I Gordon for making films which nobody else (except maybe Roger Corman) would dare to make, and for making them so definitively that no one would ever dare to remake them.

The Beginning of the End actually has a promising beginning. It follows Audrey Aimes (Castle) a young woman reporter who runs into a military roadblock and begins snooping around by introducing herself to the operation's CO, who happens to have read some of her wartime coverage and is willing to cooperate to a point. Weird and inexplicable happenings have been reported in a nearby town (site of the roadblock). In fact, we discover, the entire town has been wiped out. When Audrey finally gets to briefly tour the site, we are shown some footage of tornado devastation which is supposed to be the result. Then she meets Peter Graves (playing Peter Graves playing an entomologist working with radioactive plants). there is a decent enough amount of back-story, and the characters are all likable and interesting, but then theatrical disaster strikes - in the form of a totally ludicrous plot.

Two words - giant grasshoppers. And they are split-screened (poorly) into stock footage or scraps from some heavily edited war movie. I .... just can't go ... on.

As the absurdities continue to unfold, you will be impressed by the absolute seriousness with which the cast portrays their characters, and positively blown away by the enormously long cinematographic (un)dramatic pauses as we watch hordes of soldiers marching by in different directions with nothing going on around them, giant out-of-focus grasshoppers climbing up postcards of skyscrapers and sometimes slipping on the glossy surface, and 1-2 minute-long fixed frame shots of cars approaching from miles away.

I love giant monster movies, but this is definitely not one of the better ones. Still, it's harmless, more intelligent than the average sex comedy and more relevant than the usual political campaign.

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