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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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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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This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror! See more »


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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 1:00 there is a sign reading: ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE ANACOSTIA, D.C. In reality Andrews Air Force Base is in Prince George's County, Maryland. See more »

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The enlisted personnel in several scenes are clearly US Airmen, but are addressed as Army soldiers. i.e. Calling an Airman First Class a Corporal in the scene where Alix Talton is initially introduced to the men in the recreation hall. See more »

Quotes

[the officers are all staring at Marge]
Dr. Ned Jackson: It looks like you don't have too many women up here, Colonel.
Col. Joe Parkman: Well, we have a little joke up here. The boys say there's a girl behind every tree. Only try and find a tree.
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Reasonably good
1 February 2005 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

A volcanic explosion on the island of Dot upends an iceberg on the other side of the world. Embedded within the ice is The Deadly Mantis, a gigantic flesh eating insect which has been in a cryogenic sleep since the Jurassic period or so. The ice melts, the Mantis awakens and embarks on a deadly reign of terror around the North Pole. It munches on some Air Force personnel who have set up radar stations in the remote wasteland, and then eats a couple of Inuits before anyone catches on. Dr. Ned Jackson, a renowned expert in the field of entomology, arrives on the scene with his friend and photographer Marge to confirm what Ned has already guessed: that a giant Praying Mantis is on the loose. Marge and Col. Joe Parkman fall instantly in love and the Mantis decides to head for a warmer climate, namely Washington DC!!!

This really isn't as bad as it sounds. True, "Tarantula" and "Them!" were much better, but at least this isn't as excruciating as "The Beginning of the End." As far as films about giant insects go, this one is pretty good, and it's interesting to note that the mantis did not become a huge monster due to radioactive mutation: it's just a dinosaur! And Ned is right there with an ant trapped in a globe of amber to explain it all, some 40+ years before Richard Attenborough spared no expense on Jurassic Park.

Decent fun.


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