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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 »
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scarieee movieee (at least when I was nine) 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)
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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:
Miscellaneous: It seems unlikely that, with all the towns and cities in front of Chicago being overrun and destroyed that so many people would still not be evacuated from Chicago and its immediate suburbs.See more »
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Dr. Ed Wainwright:You can't drop an atom bomb on Chicago!See more »
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Natural, Natural BabySee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
scarieee movieee (at least when I was nine), 27 October 2005
Author: CarlNaamanBrown from Kingsport, Tennessee

Beginning of the End was one of the scariest movies I ever saw. I saw it at the age of nine at our local first-time A-flick theater, the State. When it ran at the second-run B-flick theater, the Rialto, I dragged my little brother Jeff to see it. He watched it from between the seats. We used to sit up and watch Shock Theater and we knew scary when we saw it.

What a lot of people miss today, is that the popular science magazines at the time "Beginning..." came out were full of speculation about using radiation to enhance crops and livestock, just like the experiments in Peter Grave's agricultural station in the movie. I also remember that Bert Gordon's earlier movie, King Dinosaur, came out after a close approach to earth by an asteroid was in the news. These movies were ripped fresh from the headlines.

Yes, the low budget values are low. There's the ponderous pseudoWagnerian Albert Glasser music Da-DUM-da-da-da-DA-DUM motif for reporter-driving-down-road, cop-driving-down-road, reporter-stopping-at-road-block, etc. We see the mountains of Illinois that look suspiciously like southern California (at least they did not use Bronson Canyon in this one (they didn't did they?).)

Yes, they do use the same stock footage three times for rear projection behind characters "driving" down the road, but, hey, they DO tint the stock footage for the nighttime driving scene.

But the woman reporter, Peggy Castle, is not only a good looker, but a strong woman who is treated as a equal by most of the men, who show her respect. She is a tough cookie like Beverly Garland in It Conquered the World. Not a typical 1950s bimbo or weak sister. I always thought Peggy Castle's character taught Peter Grave's character how to be a man.

And when Morris Ankrum is in uniform, you know however dicey the situation, right and good will triumph in the end. Even in the Beginning of the End.

This movie does have a message: if you park on a lonely road and engage in illicit teenage necking, you will be eaten by giant mutant grasshoppers.

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