In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Did You Know?
In the movie, James Whitmore
and James Arness
battle the giant ants with machine guns, flamethrowers and bazookas, while wearing Army uniforms, although neither of their characters is technically a soldier (Whitmore is a New Mexico State Trooper and Arness is an FBI agent). Whitmore and Arness had previously appeared together as soldiers in combat in Battleground
(1949). See more
The layout of the FBI field office changes from when we first see it (a framed picture of two dogs is between the pull-down screen and the oscillating fan) and later when Dr. Medford is giving a lecture on ant nests, at which time the picture of the dogs is missing. Upon a closer inspection, one can see that this room is altogether different than from when it was first seen, even though it is supposed to be the same room, as evidenced by the room number visible through the door in all scenes. See more
The Ellinson Girl
AHHH! THEM! THEM! THEM!
Although the movie was shot in black and white, the film title at the opening credits appears blood red and blue! This was accomplished by Warner's Eastman Color process. See more
A 2-3 minute segment following the projection sequence was excised from the film in the mid-50s following a lawsuit from a real-life scientist whose name was used in the story for a fictional explanation of atomic energy effects on ants. The scene was removed from the negative and has not been restored though it has turned up in some collector's prints. See more
Referenced in The Horror of It All