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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 »

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Fred Freiberger (screenplay), Lester Gorn (screenplay)
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Cast

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 John Close ... Maj. Everett
Don C. Harvey ... Guard at Lab
Larry J. Blake ... Illinois Highway Patrolman
Eilene Janssen ... Girl Teenager 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 ... Male Teenager in Car
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The screen's first full-length science-fiction thriller with real live creatures! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le début de la fin See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

AB-PT Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The phone in Audrey's car is a precursor to modern cell phones. It worked off of the Mobile Telephone Service, a VHF service with very limited availability. The user would be connected to an operator, who would then route the call to a second operator that could then route the call to the intended recipient. See more »

Goofs

Peter Graves tells Morris Ankrum that the grasshoppers become inactive at night, when the temperature goes below 68 degrees. Yet, the beginning of the movie implies that the grain storage site and the town of Ludlow were destroyed overnight. See more »

Quotes

Col. Tom Sturgeon: Where do I get off asking the Regular Army for help with a bunch of oversize grasshoppers?
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Soundtracks

Natural, Natural Baby
Words and Music by Lou Bartel & Harriet Kane
Sung by Lou Bartel & Chorus
An ABC - Paramount Record
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Buggy
15 September 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

The film that helped usher in Hollywood's giant bug craze, this isn't half-bad. Special effects are pathetic even for the time, but the story is gripping enough and the acting first-rate. Peter Graves plays a scientist working on food growth via radiation. Grasshoppers get at these plants and grow to the size of a bus. They find humans much tastier than their usual fare. They invade Chicago after tearing up the countryside, and it's a race to the finish to see whether anything can be done to stop them before the Army nukes Chicago. Morris "Colonel Fielding" Ankrum is a grumpy general, and Peggie Castle is a reporter investigating the story. Lots of fun. We never see the monsters actually come into contact with any of the humans they devour, but the closeup facial shots of various actors about to be eaten are priceless.


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