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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

 -  Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  May 1957 (USA)
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

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Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Col. Joe Parkman
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Dr. Nedrick (Ned) Jackson
Alix Talton ...
Marge Blaine
Donald Randolph ...
Maj. Gen. Mark Ford
Pat Conway ...
Sgt. Pete Allen
Florenz Ames ...
Prof. Anton Gunther
Paul Smith ...
Corporal
Phil Harvey ...
Lou
Floyd Simmons ...
Army Sergeant
Paul Campbell ...
Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay ...
Mrs. Farley
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Storyline

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it. Written by Anonymous

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May 1957 (USA)  »

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The Giant Mantis  »

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The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36. The operations clip is of the CV34 USS Oriskany, the [first US carrier with an angled deck.] The take-off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV47. [The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was not the first US aircraft carrier to carry an angled deck.] [The first such carrier was actually the USS Antietam (CV-36),] which was also shown in this movie. They were both Essex-class carriers and all ships in this class received the SCB-125 upgrade, which installed the angled deck; however, [the USS Oriskany was the LAST ship in this class to get the new deck.] Which ship was first or last? See more »

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At one point the paleontologist is holding a block of amber. He says it contains a giant ant. But, as he rotates it in his hand you can clearly see it is a rhinoceros beetle. See more »

Quotes

[the officers are all staring at Marge]
Dr. Ned Jackson: It looks like you don't have too many women up here, Colonel.
Col. Joe Parkman: Well, we have a little joke up here. The boys say there's a girl behind every tree. Only try and find a tree.
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Prepare to deploy giant tissue and smoosh the enemy
23 April 2004 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this on MST3K, and it's one of my great favourites. The endless map sequence at the beginning is quite hilarious, but my weakness for this movie stems from the fact that almost the first third of it takes place in Canada's arctic, and my dad actually worked on the DEW Line while I was a kid. The stock footage of the building of the radar lines up in the Arctic was fun (stirring music and all), but I think that someone connected with making the movie must have either been on the DEW Line, or knew someone who had. There were so many odd little details I've never seen in another movie, even though 'The Deadly Mantis' is not original in its use of the military to fight off a giant invader. The giant "Check Your Antifreeze" sign prominently displayed at headquarters was one - who would think of a detail like that, unless they'd actually seen it somewhere? And the most bizarre thing was the guys dancing together at the little party on the base; when you think about it, it makes sense - no women up there, so if you want to dance, you'd have to have men dancing together, but it's just not something a writer would just dream up while writing a movie. Alas, my dad died before I saw this movie, so I couldn't ask him how authentic it was in its portrayal of life on the DEW Line, but I think of him every time I watch it, and I'm sure he would have laughed uproariously.


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