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Gorgo (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Drama, Horror  |  29 March 1961 (USA)
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.


(as Eugene Lourie)


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Ryan
Vincent Winter ...
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Joseph O'Conor ...
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Bruce Seton ...
Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ...
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Radio Reporter
Basil Dignam ...
Admiral Brooks
Barry Keegan ...
Tommy Duggan ...
First Naval Officer
Howard Lang ...
First Colonel
Dervis Ward ...


A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fornaldar-skrímslið  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Eugène Lourié later acquired a 35mm print of the movie for private use and cut out all the stock footage military shots. See more »


When the ship lowers a bathysphere to look for baby Gorgo, the captain says the depth is 10 fathoms, which is 60 feet. But the height of Gorgo is later stated to be 65 feet. Gorgo was five feet taller than the water he was in. See more »


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London gets it.
21 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The special effects that were made specifically for this film are pretty impressive (I read somewhere that the man responsible for them also worked - along with several other people - on the effects of "2001"), but there is WAY too much stock footage here, and whoever color-processed the film should have been fired early on. The monsters display far more personality than the bored, stiff actors, and the director has a bad habit of cutting away from many sequences in midstream. (**)

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