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517 - Beginning of the End



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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

Hey, when they're driving away from Ludlow at 28:38 there are cars going the other direction! It's supposed to be a restricted area! Continuity, Gordon? They couldn't have found a background film without cars?


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Matthew Boyle - 3 months ago

Did cars actually have phones in them like that in the 50's? Must have been an expensive type of car to have a phone in it as well. Also, the woman's contact at the news agency tells her there are no atomic facilities in Ludlow "secret or otherwise", how the hell would he know whether there were secret facilities? It wouldn't be very secret if the news guy could easily access it


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 4 months ago

Yet another 50's horror/sci-fi film using the magic, super mysterious power of "ATOMIC RADIATION" as its major plot hook.


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Teri Gee - 5 months ago

I realize that I'm probably really slow here, but in the Peter Graves at the UofM segment, Tom says, "I'm only doing this because I need the screen time, pin beak."

I just got it! Crow's beak is literally made of a bowling pin! Before I was just thinking that he meant it was narrow, but it's not really. I'm sure everyone else had already realized this, but I liked seeing it.


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Mitchell - 7 months ago

Is this post hostile to other Club MST3k Forum members?
Or does it use language that wasn't allowed on the original TV show?


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Duncan Hirohito - 8 months ago

Pardon if I seem au contrueau ples-dumount in my pointing out that in France, Moesure Bertram Izzy Gordon is respected for his "frontineauveau" approach to story unravelling. His negation of acting talent and the substitution of crass tableaux for story progression marked him as a talentless hack with a pennant fever of an undetermined origin or aim. And really, you guys have got to give "Cinderfella" another look-see. Jerry Lewis' be-bob down the red carpeted staircase at the ball is a master mime/clown/star performance. Au reavoir


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Jane Sproul - 8 months ago

I love how losing your speech and hearing also apparently takes your ability to run from the obvious threat.


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Teri Gee - 10 months ago

I was just thinking that this is one of the few movies who use stock footage as a genuine part of the movie. All those shots of locusts that Peter uses when he's giving his presentation in Washington are probably just a series of stock footage films, at least, that's my guess. When the locusts are actually attacking, Bert I. Gordon uses locusts on postcards.

...I guess he'd used up all his stock footage locusts.


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Gregory Jon Bradford - 12 months ago

Warning: Plot complication- they never confiscated her camera. In fact she is seen getting back into her car with it.


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B RYE the MST3K Guy - 12 months ago

Boxing Forrester is a hunchback lol


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David Adams - about 1 year ago

"HEY FRAAAAAAANK!" Makes me pee myself laughing every single time.


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Diane - aka Starbreeze - about 1 year ago

I've seen the guy from Green Acres at 16:43 in at least 3 different Burt I. Gordon movies. They must've been friends or something.


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Aquabreeze - about 1 year ago

The Jayne Mansfield joke was over the line, but hilarious at the same time. Then again, Mansfield's daughter (who was in that crash, by the way) is my favorite actress, so I'm biased.


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So, what other Bert I. Gordon films have they done? The only one that comes to my mind was the astonishingly predictable The Magic Sword


Limerick #12
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NS - over 1 year ago

Is Audrey Ames bugging you, Peter?
Do you wish she was docile and sweeter?
She's bold and assertive
And so fun to flirt with,
So don't let the grasshoppers eat her!


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James GreyWolf - over 1 year ago

Oh my god, I was right. General John Hanson (Morris Ankrum) was also.... dun-dun-duuuuunnnnnnnn... Dr Ralph Flemming from Rocketship X-M... the scientist left behind who has to hear Lloyd Bridges tell him about the death of Dr Karl Eckstrom... an old friend.


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Bryson Gerard - over 1 year ago

I remain unconvinced that Peter Graves went to the University of Minnesota.


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"Not available in your country." Time for another shot!


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The humanity - over 1 year ago

The proto-Pearl intro segment isn't very funny. A sign of things to come once Frank leaves.


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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

Blues Brother shout out: "Yep, this is definitely Lower Wacker Drive..."


Whaddya need?
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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

a tennis ball, an accordion, and a picture of Don Amechi!


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Michael Springer - almost 2 years ago

Great continuity when Audrey is stopped at roadblock. She clearly puts her giant camera back in her car, but later claims the troops took it when talking to the general.


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Crypto Dentist - almost 2 years ago

Rare Tom Servo high-five at 4:18


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Scooter Atreides - almost 2 years ago

Honestly, compared to standard MST3K fare, and considering the time period and genre--this isn't that bad of a film :)


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It occurs to me that Peter Graves was a hell of an actor. Anyone who could deliver the lines in this movie, so seriously, without cracking up, is a real talent. For example, 36: 00 thru 38:00.


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happyking - almost 2 years ago

I crack up when Frank punches Dr. Forrester in the butt at the end. Reminds me of this episode of Home Movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVG3R2Swe4


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Allison Peepington - almost 2 years ago

I love Mary Jo in this. I had the misfortune of having to live in a small town trailer park in Indiana for a couple years in the late 80s, and the MST3K crew nailed the experience of how your neighbors would overshare the details of their personal dramas regardless of your level of interest. I knew so people just like Arnie, Chopper, MJ's character (and the kid, sooo many of those kids...).


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Rufus T. Firefly - almost 2 years ago

I can't wait for the sequel about giant snails and ladybugs.


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Sean Barry - almost 2 years ago

Saw this recently on Netflix but it deserves another viewing lol.


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K.T. Robot - almost 2 years ago

I fell in love with TBOTE on its debut. I think its because I live in Decatur, about an hour from the hot spot. One of the best things about it is that I was able to "recruit" several MSTies by circulating my tape.


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Even for Bert I. Gordon, this snoozer is soooo foul! (Hey! Let's ignore that Dr. Bland Blond's negligence killed thousands, and let's abandon halfway through any pretense that Reporter Barbie™ is there to do anything other than worship him.) Bleah! The jokes when they capture a giant grasshopper almost make up for the pain, though.


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Señor Underpants - about 2 years ago

It's always so strange when a perfect set-up is lobbed over the plate and the guys not only don't take a swing at it, they sit silently for several seconds. With as musical as they are, I'm surprised they didn't follow the line "Alright, men. Into the woods" with a song snippet from the musical, "Into the Woods." Instead, they just let the whole riff-space go by in silence...


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Scott Bubb - about 2 years ago

Being from Illinois, what really cracks me up is when Mike says "Guys, this is so NOT Illinois" and "That's one of my favorite mountains in Illinois." Comedy gold!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 2 years ago

I gotta question. Tanks, flame throwers, M-1's, massive amounts of troops can't stop them on their march to Chicago, but when they crawl up the buildings in the City, why are they are easily killed be sub-machine guns?


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Aaron Mathews - about 2 years ago

Sound is a bit out of sync


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Jesus, Audrey's car is a barge. You could rent out space in it...


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David - over 2 years ago

Here's a little continuity error I noticed for those of us interested in aviation.

In this movie the General says that "Warshington" has dispatched a B-52 armed with an A Bomb to wipe out the locusts in Chicago (as if an A Bomb would do less damage than a bunch of big grasshoppers). But when he contacts the plane by radio, the stock footage shows a Convair B-36.

I know it's hard to believe that a high quality production like this could make that kind of glaring error, but there it is.

Remember : Aviate, Navigate & Communicate.


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Yusuf Naqvi - over 2 years ago

I cry with laughter when the grasshoppers attack Chicago. Grasshoppers ride the CTA and visit the Loop, swarm up a postcard of a building, fall to goofy deaths and finally swarm along Lake Michigan and look suspiciously like they were filmed from a downward angle into a shoebox. "Don't linger on that shot!"

Most of this movie is rather tame, but that finale is one of the best moments of MST3K.


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champton321 - over 2 years ago

So I've got a question. The grasshoppers were supposedly irradiated by a heavy dose of U238, and grew to enormous proportions (and somehow gained superhuman intelligence and cunning, apparently.) Judging by what happens at the end (don't wanna go spouting spoilers here), wouldn't it cause problems with other animals as well? I mean U238 does have a half-life of about 4.2 billion years (give or take a millennia.) :P

Now that I think about it, there's so many other plot holes in this movie that I could write an entire 10-volume encyclopedia on them. Not to mention the fact that it was so danged painful to watch in the first place. Ugh, this movie hurts the brain! Now I'm in need of YEARS of intense Adlerian Therapy. (10 points to the first person to explain this referrence.)


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champton321 - over 2 years ago

"Whoops, watch it, you're stepping off the building!"

"HAH! Wacker!"


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Robert Brown - over 2 years ago

So, I've come to think of this crew as a reliable source of general information, and I am seeking an answer I can't seem to track down anywhere. Do any of you know where Peter Graves went to college?


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Bruce Box-Liker - over 2 years ago

"How do they get so big?"
"Well, radiation causes photosynthesis, that is, the growing process, to continue night and day."

Even if that made sense for making fruit grow bigger, how does that apply to the grasshoppers?


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

1:26:36 When you pause that shot those are clearly cockroaches.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

41:00 The appropriate line would have been “I’m Peter Graves and this is Biology.”


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Why is everyone sitting in the front seat?


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

22:30 Crow’s expression… killer.


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Craig Pinkava - over 2 years ago

Oh, the third time, How stupid am I-I-I...


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

So, at 24:40 we are given a clue when Peter tells Audrey that grasshoppers snuck into the lab.... along with caterpillars, beatles and snails. Dealing with the grasshoppers was really the End of the Beginning.


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

'I can't remember ever seeing a single grasshopper... and then today, nothing but grasshoppers!' - Just before watching this episode for the first time I found a grasshopper in our kitchen. We have lived in this house for 12 years and I can't remember ever seeing a single grasshopper. I think that's weird.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

1. I used to live in Elmhurst and Lombard, and family from Salem/Pana area, so I gotta love this ep. 2. I remember applesauce jars! We used to use them to catch fireflies.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

00:19:45 *lol*, "Oh, he's right-handed!" It's becoming a stigma. Oh wait, I have to agree, I am left-handed! About time we rule the planet! *evil laugh*


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Kelly Slane - over 2 years ago

Anyone else want a re-comfy bike?


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Jacob Hill - over 2 years ago

At one point the movie says that the Illinois National Guard has been called out, and no Blues Brothers reference?!


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Mark Goncalves - over 2 years ago

The enlarged locust would require a lower temperature of 14 degrees to kill them due to their greater mass so it wouldn't work nuh uh.


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James Krummel - over 2 years ago

The fifteen act play by Crow and Tom Servo's reaction are definitely worth my vote. Love those two very much. Also, seriously love Peter Graves. Star of one of my favorite movies: Them!


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Donald Petkus - over 2 years ago

Appears that they weren't required to file an Environmental Impact Statement before filling Lake Michigan with giant inSect carcasses.


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Frostyshark - over 2 years ago

I love how everyone answers the phones, especially @ 19:20ish


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

The sound in this episode, or this copy of it, is so inconsistent. I keep having to turn it up because I can barely hear it and then it gets crazy loud.


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Fredrick Stafford - over 2 years ago

Bad script, absurd Bert I. Gordon special effects and direction aside, you have to admit at least Peter Graves showed up and gave it his best. I am sure at the time he thought more memorable roles were ahead; little did he know 23 years later he would forever forge his legacy by asking a young boy if he had ever seen a grown man naked…


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Mike Carmona - over 2 years ago

Tom's impersonation of Frank Nelson at 00:19:26 gets me EVERY SINGLE time!


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Jerome Montgomery II - over 2 years ago

The had car phones back then wow


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Kevin Ennis - over 2 years ago

she clearly walks back to the car with the camera, puts it on the seat next to her and drives away, so when did her camera get confiscated?


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Kevin Ennis - over 2 years ago

at around 11 minutes, how'd they miss the joke "car two-fiftyfour where are you!"


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Alyssa Transitoria - almost 3 years ago

I swear the first 45 seconds of the actual movie is just a big chunk of RADAR SECRET SERVICE...hot slabs of driving!


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Super McWonderfull - almost 3 years ago

I love how FRANK didn't take any guff from Dr. Forrester at the end.... Then knocked him out, and instead of hitting the button... he knocks the camera out.... CLASSIC, I love this show, and I am so glad they never sold out and kept it B-Budget, even tho they were an A+ CREW.


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Rhys Patterson - almost 3 years ago

So this is the prequel to the Exorcist 2 the heretic right? All I remember about either movie is locusts. Love how they cast peters graves as the James earl jones character. Really against type


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starman 76 - almost 3 years ago

Crow vomits three times during the film's opening credits


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I salute whoever sent in that postcard with Earl "Fatha" Hines on it. Actually, I sent in a card from the same great collection of postcards. Don't remember which one but it didn't get on the air, alas. :/


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robbin505.4.u@gmail.com - about 3 years ago

Soooo, radiation turned some locusts into giant locusts and the Army's answer is to drop the A-bomb on Chicago to stop them? A little radiation is bad but a lot of radiation is the answer.


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Kimono Dragon - about 3 years ago

(54:40) Even if Audrey, fighting to be taken seriously in the man's world of 1957, was dumb enough to wear the black dress with her breastacological area popped out... There are giant locusts eating Chicago! Is that REALLY the time to get all Victoria's Secret on Peter Graves?


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Classicats - over 3 years ago

I'd really like it if somebody would upload just the "call the mads" host sequence. I love this one.


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Mary Jo is freakin' hilarious in that beginning sketch. She's kind of a genius. As much as I like Bridget, MJ is really the stand out gal on the show.


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Chris Bennett - over 3 years ago

Living in Chicago makes this episode even funnier. Sooo many funny references to the City with the Big Shoulders.
"All quiet in the Western Suburbs...We were pinned down in Elgin...Aurora was pretty bad..."


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Robert Ferguson - over 3 years ago

Crows' jaw just hanging slack at the 1st break....


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Alex Stefanic - almost 4 years ago

First episode of MST3K I ever saw. Love at first sight.