The Deadly Mantis

The Deadly Mantis

Craig Stevens
Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens
, William Hopper
William Hopper
, Alix Talton
Alix Talton
Nathan Juran


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This is the one in which the "villain" is a huge, carnivorous praying mantis. After the titular insect has attacked several people in a remote Arctic region, Col. Joe Parkham (Craig Stevens) swings into action. Parkham and his associates, Dr. Ned Jackson (William Hopper) and Ned's assistant Margie Blake (Alix Talton), track the predatory mantis as it heads southward to Washington DC (how did it get past customs?) The green monstrosity meets its Waterloo in "Manhattan Tunnel," where it is bombarded with poison gas (a little Raid or Black Flag might have come in handy). Some of the Arctic scenes in The Deadly Mantis were clumsily culled from the 1933 drama SOS Iceberg and a handful of Air Force training films.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2015
UPC: 0025192262845
Original Release: 1957
Source: Universal
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 19,355

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig Stevens Col. Joe Parkman
William Hopper Dr. Ned Jackson
Alix Talton Marge Blaine
Don Randolph Gen. Mark Ford
Patrick Conway Sgt. Pete Allen
Florenz Ames Prof. Anton Gunther
Paul Smith Corporal
Phil Harvey Lou
Floyd Simmons Army Sergeant
Paul Campbell Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay Mr. Farley
William Anders Sergeant
John Close Engineer
William A. Forester Announcer
Tom Greenway Second Reporter
Jess Kirkpatrick Father
James Lanphier Col. Hervey
George Lynn Bus Driver
David McMahon Capt. Frank Carver
Skipper McNally Policeman
Ernesto Morelli Italian Fisherman
Dick Paxton Plotter
Bing Russell Trouper
Harry Tyler Spectator
Sumner Williams Pilot
Jack Mather Officer

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
William Alland Producer
Martin Berkeley Screenwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
William Holland Asst. Director
Fred Knoth Special Effects
William Lava Score Composer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Jay A. Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Chester Schaeffer Editor
Bud Westmore Makeup

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