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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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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

Audrey (Peggie Castle) drives a 1956 Chrysler New Yorker convertible in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After being turned away at the checkpoint Audrey drives away to sneak some photos. When she stops her car you can see a pair of feet walking in the reflection on her door. See more »

Quotes

Audrey Aimes: I don't understand?
Dr. Ed Wainwright: Well another words; when we hit the correct sound or signal the grasshopper will react to it and the polygraph will record the change! Now you notice how steady and regular the needle is now! Well when we reproduce the grasshoppers call the lines will become longer and highly irregular!
Audrey Aimes: Like a lie detector test isn't it?
Dr. Ed Wainwright: Ah ha! But its the first time that a grasshopper ever got one!
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Natural, Natural Baby
Words and Music by Lou Bartel & Harriet Kane
Sung by Lou Bartel & Chorus
An ABC - Paramount Record
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Chicago, Chicago...That Toddlin..I mean Hoppin Town!
30 May 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Dateline: Ludlow, Illinois is ravaged by a swarm of giant mutant, radio-active locusts who kill, devour, and eliminate plant and animal life (yep, that includes humans) on their way to Chicago and then the world. What can stop them? Only scientist Peter Graves, busty reporter Peggy Castle, and that military man of so many sci-fi films of the 50's, Morris Ankrum. This film was directed by Bert I Gordon, and as far as giant mutant creatures go it is definitely one of the lesser efforts. The film has no special effects at all to boast about as the grasshoppers are real and magnified and projected into scenes. Although it has some suitable moments, this technology(for lack of a better word) really suffers in the film's finale and makes the film look like what it is...a very cheaply-made film. The film follows the format of other giant insect films like Them! and Tarantula, but is not in the same class of either of them. The script is leaden, the acting mediocre at best, and the music annoying. Notwithstanding all of this, the film does have its moments and was overall entertaining. Some highlights are moments that are so ridiculous as to be funny, such as when deaf scientist Frank is killed. A real hoot of a scene! If you are looking for intelligent sci-fi, you might want to stay away from this film or it might make you "hoppin" mad.


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