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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror  |  27 November 1962 (Mexico)
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A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Sullivan ...
Fred Graham ...
Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...
Lisa
Shug Fisher ...
Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ...
Janice Stone ...
Missy Winstead
Ken Knox ...
Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon ...
Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy ...
Gordy
Cecil Hunt ...
Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows ...
Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware ...
Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves ...
Rick
Jan McLendon ...
Jennie
Jerry Cortwright ...
Bob
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Storyline

A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend, Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang for help. A series of tragic motor accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and depleting the town of its citizens and passer-throughs, including two hot-rodding teen-agers. And might have plans on attending the BIG record-hop party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Gila el monstruo gigante  »

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Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Knox, who plays disc jockey Horatio Alger "Steamroller" Smith, was a real disc jockey working at radio stations in Texas owned by Gordon McLendon, the uncredited executive producer of this film. See more »

Goofs

The locomotive pulling the train that crashes off of the bridge knocked down by the title creature changes from a switch engine to a streamlined unit, then back to the switch engine but pulling in reverse and then back to a head-on view of the streamliner just before the crash. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Jeff: *What* did you hit him with?
Chase Winstead: My brand new, 100% completed hot rod.
Sheriff Jeff: You'd have had to start in the next county to get up enough momentum to do that to him.
Chase Winstead: Not with 4 quarts of nitro glycerin riding with me.
Mr. Wheeler: You drove across that rough field carrying nitro?
Chase Winstead: Yes sir!
Sheriff Jeff: Do you realize what could have happened?
Chase Winstead: It did. I lost my car!
Sheriff Jeff: Don't worry about that, the railroad will be *glad* to buy you a new one.
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Connections

Edited into Pale Moonlight Theater: Episode #1.9 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Made That Way
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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User Reviews

 
A Classic Monster Film From the PAST!!
18 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed viewing this old time classic film with the old Hot Rod cars of the 1930's with rumble seats and the 1959 Dodge car which the Sheriff (Fred Graham),"Mom & Boy",'72 was able to acquire from his town. Don Sullivan(Chase Winstead),"The Rebel Set",'59 helped the Sheriff try to solve all the strange happens with people and their cars, especially their Hot Rod leader. Lisa Simone(Lisa),"Missile to the Moon",'58 added some romance to this black and white film. This is one of the films that were made during the period when Monsters were animated and then magnified because of the low budget the film producers had to work with. A few of these pictures that followed this same procedure were: "Attack of the Crab Monsters",'57 and "The Black Scorpion",'57. If you like old classic films from the late 1950's this is a film to view and enjoy!


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