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The Deadly Mantis (1957) was a Horror - Romance Film directed by Nathan Juran and produced by William Alland.

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The Deadly Mantis (1957, Nathan Juran)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 29, 2016 From The Stop Button

The best directed parts of The Deadly Mantis are when the film is propaganda for the military. Director Juran–and editor Chester W. Schaeffer–show more enthusiasm when putting together those brief expository segments than they do anywhere else in the film. Given it’s about a giant ... Read full article


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[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.


Dr. Ned Jackson: In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly or voracious creature than the Preying Mantis.


Col. Joe Parkman: Maybe there's an ordinary explanation to what happened, but I wouldn't take any bets.


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The footage showing the Eskimos fleeing from the mantis is actually from S.O.S. Eisberg.
During the movie, the Air Force sends out a message to members of the Ground Observer Corps asking for help in spotting the mantis. This was a real group that existed at least since World War Two. It was comprised of regular citizens who received basic training in spotting and identifying aircraft, but was discontinued in 1959.
The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36. The operations clip is of the CV34 USS Oriskany, the first US carrier with an angled deck. The take-off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV47.The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was not the first US aircraft carrier to carry an angled deck. The first such carrier was actually the USS Antietam (CV-36), which was also shown in this movie. They were both Essex-class carriers and all ships in this class received the SCB-125 upgrade, which installed the angled deck; however, the USS Oriskany was the LAST ship in this class to get the new deck.
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