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Beginning of the End

Beginning of the End(1957)

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Beginning of the End marked the first production by AB-PT Pictures Corp., a subsidiary of the American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres organization. According to an American Cinematographer article, producer-director Bert I. Gordon had to locate a wingless variety of grasshoppers that could not fly or hop so that they could not escape during filming. He imported 200 from Texas, and at the end of production only twelve were still alive. The scene in which the grasshoppers swarm the high-rise building in Chicago was created by placing the grasshoppers on a large photo cutout of a building. The Variety review misspells Peggie Castle's name as "Peggy" and incorrectly credits Pierre Watkin as "Taggert." Modern sources add Kirk Alyn, Bill Baldwin, Sr., James Douglas, Lyle Latell, Dennis Moore, Zon Murray, Ralph Sanford and Bert Stevens to the cast.