Beginning Of The End (1957)
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Reporter Audrey Ames is driving along a highway in Illinois when she is stopped by the military. She then finds out that a small town was destroyed and everyone has seemingly disappeared. She then goes to a lab run by the Department of Agriculture. While she is there she meets the lab's director, Dr. Ed Wainwright. Ed then tells her that strange things have been happening ever since he discovered that a bunch of grasshoppers managed to get into a silo containing a batch of radioactive wheat. They soon discover that the grasshoppers have grown to monstrous proportions and not only are devouring the local vegetation, but have developed a taste for human flesh as well. Now the locusts are marching towards Chicago and the military is threatening to destroy the city with the atom bomb. Can another solution to stop the monsters be found before it is too late?
Filmed in New Horrorscope!
Title: Beginning Of The End
Release Date: June 28, 1957
Runtime: 76 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 2.9
Buried.com Rating: 3.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Bert I. Gordon
Peter Graves ...Dr. Ed Wainwright
Peggie Castle ...Audrey Aimes
Morris Ankrum ...Gen. John Hanson
Than Wyenn ...Frank Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry ...Col. Tom Sturgeon
Richard Benedict ...Cpl. Mathias
James Seay ...Capt. James Barton
John Close ...Maj. Everett
Don C. Harvey ...Guard at Lab
Larry J. Blake ...Illinois Highway Patrolman
Eilene Janssen ...Teenager in Car
Hylton Socher ...Frank - Soldier
Frank Wilcox ...Gen. John T. Short
Douglas Evans ...Norman Taggart - News Editor
Paul Grant ...
Richard Emory ...
Hank Patterson ...Dave
Steve Warren ...Soldier at Observation Post #3
Frank Connor ...Soldier at Observation Post #1
Don Eitner ...Soldier at Observation Post #2
Rayford Barnes ...Chuck - National Guard Corporal
Kirk Alyn ...B-52 Pilot
Bill Baldwin ...TV Announcer
Frank Chase ...Helicopter Pilot
Patricia Dean ...Red Cross Representative
James Douglas ...Army Sentry
Paul Frees ...Helicopter Pilot (voice)
Lyle Latell ...Police Lt. MacKenzie
Dennis Moore ...Police Dispatcher
Zon Murray ...National Guard Sergeant
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Bert I. Gordon
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More Movie Taglines:
- Filmed in New Horrorscope!
- So Big...we had to coin a new word for it...NEWMENDOUS!
- New thrills! New shocks! New terror!
- The screen's first full-length science-fiction thriller with real live creatures!
- Col. Tom Sturgeon: Where do I get off asking the Regular Army for help with a bunch of oversize grasshoppers?
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.
Dr. Ed Wainwright: You can't drop an atom bomb on Chicago!
- 200 grasshoppers were used for the film. During the filming, they began to cannibalize one another, so by the time the last shots were done, only a dozen were left.
The National Guardsmen wear the insignia of the U.S. 33rd Infantry Division, which is indeed the designated unit of the Illinois National Guard. The soldiers in Chicago wear the insignia of the U.S. Fifth Army, which at the time was headquartered in Chicago, where the film takes place.
There really are towns called Ludlow and Paxton, in the right area in Champaign County, IL. They are also near Chanute AFB, where reporter Audrey Aimes (Peggie Castle) was headed at the beginning of the film.
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Rating: 3.9 out of 10.0 - 57 votes cast total