Rating: ***** Threat: Giant ants
Warner Brothers. Written by Ted Sherdeman & George Worthing Yates; Photographed by Sid Hickox; Special effects by Dick Smith & Ralph Ayers; Edited by Thomas Reilly; Music by Bronislau Kaper; Produced by David Weisbart; Directed by Gordon Douglas. B & W, 93 minutes.
Edmund Gwenn (Dr. Harold Medford, renowned entomologist); Joan Weldon (Dr. Pat Medford, his daughter and associate entomologist); James Arness (Bob Graham, FBI agent); James Whitmore (Sgt. Ben Peter son, New Mexico police officer); Christian Drake (Ed Blackburn, his partner); Onslow Stevens (Gen. Robert O'Brien, Air Force Intelligence commander); Sean McClory (Maj. Kibbee, Air Force Intelligence officer assigned to the case); Sandy Descher (young girl who encounters the ants); Luz Potter (girl as seen from airplane); John Close (Johnny, pilot who spots the girl); Mary Alan Hokanson (Mrs. Lodge, mother of lost boys); Scott Corell (Jerry, her son, trapped in an LA storm drain with the ants); Richard Bellis (Mike, her second son); Olin Howlin (Jenson, alcoholic who sees ants from hospital window); Joel Smith (Smith, Ben's jeep driver in storm drain); William Schallert (Medic who rides with girl in an ambulance); Cliff Ferre (police lab man); Don Shelton (Fred Edwards, police captain); Matthew McCue (Gramps Johnson, desert store owner killed by Them); Fess Parker (Crotty, pilot detained in Texas); Joe Forte (Putnam, coroner in New Mexico); Russell Gage (coroner in LA); Ann Doran (psychiatrist treating the girl); Fred Shellac (attendant); Norman Field (Gen. James, Army Intelligence officer); Otis Clarke (admiral who orders the sinking of the Viking); Leonard Nimoy (sergeant who receives UFO report); Janet Stewart (WAVE); Wally Duffy (airman); Warren Mace (Viking radio operator killed by ants); Dub Taylor (railroad yard watchman); Robert Berger (Sutton, LA cop who finds Lodge's body); John Bernardino (Ryan, Sutton's partner); Lawrence Dobkin (L.A. city engineer); Victor Sutherland (senator); Dorothy Green (matron); Frederick J. Foote (Dixon); John Maxwell, Marshall Bradford, Waldron Boyle (doctors); Willis Bouchey, Alexander Campbell (government officials); Booth Coleman, Walter Coy (reporters); Harry Tyler, Oscar Blanke, (winos interviewed by Bob); Harry Wilson, Ken Smith, Kenner Kemp, Richard Boyer, Eddie Dew, Dick Wessell, Dean Cromer, James Cardwell, Gayle Kellogg, Charles Perry, Jack Perrin, Hubert Kerns, Royden Clark (soldiers and policemen).
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