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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 26 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.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Martin Berkeley (screenplay), William Alland (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Col. Joe Parkman
William Hopper ... Dr. Nedrick Jackson
Alix Talton ... Marge Blaine
Donald Randolph 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 Paul Campbell ... Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Mantis See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36, the first US carrier with an angled deck. The operations clip is of the CV-34 USS Oriskany. They were both Essex-class carriers and most 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. The take-off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV-47. The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was scuttled as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico (May 2006). See more »

Goofs

When looking through the book showing prehistoric creatures, the name Ceratosaurus is misspelled as Ceretosaurus. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ned Jackson: I'm convinced that we're dealing with a Mantis in whose geological world the smallest insects were as large as man, and now failing to find those insects as food, well... it's doing the best that it can.
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Pray Tell, Not Bad!
17 January 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Although the intricacies of the plot are forever unbelievable, this film works very well both as a suspense film and also as a creditable "Giant Bug" film, so typical during the 50's Golden Age of Science Fiction. A giant Praying Mantis is preserved in the ice of the Artic Ocean, only to be dislodged by man's environmental meddling. The bug flies over various places in the Artic eating human beings as it makes its way toward the Equator. The task of destroying the giant insect befalls to three protagonists: Craig Stevens the military man(and romancer), William Hopper as the dedicated paleontologist, and Alix Talton as the hungry reporter/photographer/necessary female character so that main character can fall in love. The three manage to find the mantis and well....let's just say the poor creature didn't say his prayers TOO often. The film is tight, has lots of action, and is a great entertaining diversion.


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