Sorry Stumpy, I feel like we hijacked Cels thread on music so I started a new one.
It would be worth seeing him in a monster movie.
His brother (or borther) was in "Beginning of the End."
Yes , I didn't care much for that one... giant grasshoppers. The Sfx weren't as good (you could tell the grasshoppers crawling on buildings in Chicago were pretty fake) and the story wasn't as clever... it's OK - doan get me wrong... but not as clever as the original as THEM!.
I liked the way the latter started out as a murder mystery (FBI agent killed) and morphed into a SciFi. The part of the little girl was clever as was recovering the 2 lost boys - played on your heart strings ... and Edmund Gwen as the scientist was perfect! ...and as you said Whitmore and Arness had great chemistry together.
ALSO, It was pretty logical and scientific if you get past the effects of radiation causing gigantic bugs... it was one of the first "giant monster" movies of the time... many copycats followed. However in THEM!, they appeared in the desert- remote and isolated so they went undetected for years. (logical) They kept you guessing for 20-30 minutes what are the killers? ... then the formic acid and the little girl ((logical & scientific). Powerful empathetic scene!
Killing the original nest wasn't job #1- it was eliminating all the queens so they couldn't spread. (scientific aka Ambro ! ) They had to go into the nest to determine if all the queens were killed. ...really cool scenes there. (logical) They used white phosphorous (heat) to drive the ants deep below ground and then cyanide gas to kill the ants. (scientific) However, 2 queens and some males had gotten away... where will the new nests appear?
They finally did discover where and it was 100s of miles away which fits with real queen ants being found high in the stratosphere, ...considering these were huge- 100s of miles isn't unrealistic. (scientific) One lands in Mexico and crawls into a ship cargo hole.. (the Nimoy scene). the 2nd 100s of miles away in LA... climbs into a huge storm drain and that sets up the climax... (logical) then they throw in the 2 boys missing..heart tugger ! Whitmore saves the boys ! VERY clever all the way around. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole show !
Also THEM!. had some early stars in it... Fess Parker (aka Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone) had a cameo appearance (as the pilot in the mental ward because he saw flying saucers shaped like ants!) ... and that telegraph operator on the ship USS Viking was none other than Leonard Nimoy !! pretty neat additions...
Did I tell you it's one of my favorite 1950s SciFi movies?
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