Gorgo

1960

Eugene Lourie
Director
British Lion
King Brothers
Production Company
MGM

Monster momma tears up London to rescue her offspring, who has been captured and put on exhibit in a circus.

Britain's answer to Godzilla is not bad; not as good as Gojira, but not nearly as bad as Reptilicus. The mother-child aspect is what makes this one special, and helps it rise above some plot missteps and greivous misuse of stock footage (the Royal Navy didn't fly US Navy Panthers). The third such film directed by Lourie, and unfairly maligned on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (something which just highlights that show's later slide into asininity rather than defects of the movie in question). Interesting to see nice guy Travers playing against type as a money-hungry jerk. And the kid (Winter) who's wiser than the adults prefigures the know-it-all brats that became a staple of the Japanese Gamera films. Whatever other problems the film has, the London destruction scenes have a realisitc brutality that helps makes up for them.

An honest assessment would be helped by a DVD transfer that didn't looks like someone's old home movies. VCI's 2005 disc is absolutely terrible, and should be avoided. "Digital remastering" does not mean sharpening the print to the point everthing is haloed. The mono sound has been converted to stereo, with annoying background noise added, like the non-native American Robins calling in the background of the Irish scenes, as well as cheesy overdubbing of the naval gunfire scenes. Hopefully the upcoming BluRay will be from new elements, as promised.

Note: Murray Kash and Ed Bishop overdubbed all the stock footage of naval aircraft and ships, something which might be jarring to UFO fans!

Thanks to Philly for identfying many unknowns!

-Dave Wright


Gorgo
10th February 1961
Cinema



78 mins
1.85:1

Gorgo
27th October 1961
Cinema



78 mins
1.85:1

Gorgo
26th September 2000
DVD



78 mins
1.33:1



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Bill Travers
Captain Joe Ryan
William Sylvester
Sam Slade
Vincent Winter
Sean
Bruce Seton
Professor Flaherty
Joseph O'Conor
Professor Hendricks
Martin Benson
Dorkin
Barry Keegan
Harry, First Mate
Dervis Ward
Mike, Bosun
Christopher Rhodes
McCartin, Harbourmaster
Maurice Kaufmann
Radio Reporter
(as Maurice Kauffman)
Basil Dignam
Admiral Brooks
Tommy Duggan
First Naval Officer (Destroyer Captain)
(as Thomas Duggan)
Howard Lang
First Colonel
(Missile Battery Commander)
Connie Tilton
Stunts
David Wilding
Stunts
Mick Dillon
Stunts / Gorgo
(as Michael Dillon)
Peter Brace
Stunts
Peter Perkins
Circus Worker
Man in Crowd
Stunts
Unknown
Triton Crewman
Unknown
Triton Crewman
Unknown
Triton Crewman
Unknown 7545-08
Triton Crewman
Unknown 7545-05
Fisherman Giving Directions
Unknown 7545-09
Fisherman
Unknown 7545-06
Fisherman
Unknown 7545-07
Fisherman
Unknown 7545-10
Dying Diver
Unknown 7545-11
Villager Firing at Gorgo
Alex Scott
Villager (uncredited)
Jack Silk
Villager (uncredited)
John More
Villager (uncredited)
Unknown 7545-14
Villager
Unknown 7545-15
Villager
Jeff Silk
Villager (uncredited)
Unknown 7545-17
Villager
Unknown 7545-18
Villager
Unknown 7545-19
Boom Operator
Murray Kash
First BBC Announcer
Post-Sync Dubbing
(uncredited)
Jack May
News Vendor
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-20
Second News Vendor
Unknown 7545-21
Second BBC Announcer
Unknown 7545-22
Professor Flaherty's Associate
Storm Durr
Crewman with Message
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-23
Crewman Guarding Gorgo
Unknown 7545-24
Man Watching Gorgo Be Unloaded
Unknown 7545-25
Man Watching Gorgo Be Unloaded
Unknown 7545-26
Man Watching Gorgo Be Unloaded
Unknown 7545-27
Man Watching Gorgo Be Unloaded
Romo Gorrara
Man Watching TV Broadcast
(uncredited)
Eugene Lourie
Man Greeting Gorgo at Battersea
Unknown 7545-28
Reporter
Unknown 7545-29
Reporter
Unknown 7545-30
Reporter
Fred Davis
Reporter (uncredited)
Unknown 7545-49
Reporter
Unknown 7545-50
Reporter
Unknown 7545-53
Reporter
Unknown 7545-55
Reporter
Unknown Male 38
Reporter (uncredited)
Unknown Male 43
Reporter (uncredited)
Unknown 7545-31
Dorkin's Assistant
Unknown 7545-32
Photographer
Unknown 7545-33
Ice Cream Vendor
Arthur Goodman
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Alf Mangan
Circus Food Vendor
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 108
Circus Audience
Charles Wood
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Jim Tyson
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Max Faulkner
Messenger (uncredited)
John H. Watson
Navy Radioman
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-35
Officer on Destroyer
Hedger Wallace
Lieutenant in Submarine Control
(uncredited)
Stanley Morgan
Sub-Lieutenant in Submarine Control
(uncredited)
Ned Lynch
Naval Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-37
Naval Officer
Unknown 7545-38
Naval Officer
Unknown 7545-39
Soldier in Jeep
Unknown 7545-40
Soldier in Jeep
Gordon Boyd
River Patrol Lieutenant
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-42
Teddy Boy
Unknown 7545-43
Teddy Boy
Unknown 7545-44
Teddy Boy
Martin Boddey
Army General
(uncredited)
Nigel Green
Army Bulletin Announcer
(uncredited)
Harvey Hall
Army Lieutenant
(uncredited)
John Breslin
Army Radioman
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-45
Army Officer on London Bridge
Unknown 7545-46
Missile Battery Sergeant
Fred Wood
Circus Guard
(uncredited)
Joseph Tregonino
Man in Crowd
Rocky Taylor
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Jim Brady
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Juba Kennerley
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Ernie Rice
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Redmond Phillips
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Paul Phillips
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-47
Army Officer in Headquaters
John Wood
Evangelist
(uncredited)
Unknown 7545-48
Electrician
Alan Browning
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Brian Jackson
Army Lieutenant
(uncredited)
Ed Bishop
Post-Sync Dubbing
(uncredited)
Unknown
SS Triton
HMS Pellew
Ship Attacking Gorgo
HMS Jutland
Ship Attacking Gorgo

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