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Beginning of the End (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1957 (USA)
Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »


Bert I. Gordon


Fred Freiberger (screenplay), Lester Gorn (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Ed Wainwright
Peggie Castle ... Audrey Aimes
Morris Ankrum ... Gen. John Hanson
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Frank Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry 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 ... Illinois Highway Patrolman
Larry J. Blake ... Illinois Highway Patrolman
Eilene Janssen ... Teenage Girl in Car
Hylton Socher Hylton Socher ... Frank - Soldier
Frank Wilcox ... Gen. John T. Short
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Norman Taggart - News Editor
Paul Grant Paul Grant ... Teenage Boy in Car


Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a military cover-up. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


Bert I. Gordon actually wrote the story idea for the film, but Fred Freiberger and Lester Gorn were credited as the screenwriters. See more »


When Audrey is caught taking photos of Ludlow by the soldier there is no flashbulb in the camera but when it is returned to her at the checkpoint a bulb can be seen. See more »


Gen. John T. Short: Dr. Wainright, you're a scientist, you know what grasshoppers can do. I'm a soldier, I know what guns can do.
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Crazy Credits

On the copyright line of some prints of the film (including the one shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000) the production company name AB-PT is obscured by a black box. See more »


Natural, Natural Baby
Words and Music by Lou Bartel & Harriet Kane
Sung by Lou Bartel & Chorus
An ABC - Paramount Record
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When a Can of Raid Just Won't Do
18 July 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Hordes of mutant grasshoppers menace photographs of downtown Chicago.

Now if termites had been the menace instead of garden variety grasshoppers, my rear-end might not have ached at the end. Okay, this drive-in special was never intended as Oscar bait. In fact, it hardly makes it as camp, what with all the needless travel time padding the 70-minutes. But you've got to hand it to Graves and Castle who give it their Z-movie all. Then there're those two lordly icons of 50's sci-fi together at last—Ankrum and Browne. No matter how bad the material, they always keep a straight face and stay employed. But come on producer-director Gordon, couldn't you have shown one of those awful scary grasshoppers devouring at least one guy. That way, we could at least have had an 'ick' factor. Otherwise, I kept wondering where the army kept their cans of Raid. As I recall, I was in the back of my teenage Chevy with a six-pack when I first sat through this special. On second viewing, I should have gotten a twelve-pack.

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Release Date:

28 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginning of the End See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

AB-PT Pictures Corp. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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