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The Giant Gila Monster (1959) Poster

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Gordon McLendon, who owned a number of radio stations and theaters in Texas, was the uncredited executive producer and financier of this film. Some members of the McLendon family were given roles in this film.
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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.
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This was one of two features produced by an independent company in Texas and meant for release as a double feature. The other feature was The Killer Shrews (1959). Unlike many such features produced in the South, these films received national distribution.
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The "Gila Monster" in the movie is actually a Mexican Beaded Lizard.
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This movie was lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the second episode of season 4.
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The voice you hear on the other end of the phone, when Chase eavesdrop on a phone call to the police department, is actor Ken Curtis. Ken Curtis served as producer on this film. He also played Festus Hagen on Gunsmoke.
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