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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
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 »
The aircraft carrier tracking the mantis is shown as the USS Antietam (CV-36) and then as the USS Oriskany (CV-34). During the launch from the carrier, the planes are shown launching from the USS Midway (CV-41.) The ship's number is visible in all three instances. See more »
[Exiting bus in fog]
You know, it's good to get home safely with all the strange things going around here.
Oh, there's nothing to worry about, ma'am. You just be careful out there in that fog!
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A giant praying mantis is awakened from its sleep in the artic region and heads south causing havoc. Boats, planes and trains meet their match with the flying creature. Before unleashing its full wrath on NYC, the mantis meets its doom at the hands of the armed forces in a New York tunnel. The special effects are of course crude by todays standards, but for a ten year old boy in 1957 this was very memorable.
Starring are William Hopper, Craig Stevens, Alix Talton and Pat Conway.
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