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.


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Ryan
Vincent Winter ...
Christopher Rhodes ...
Joseph O'Conor ...
Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ...
Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ...
Maurice Kaufmann ...
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Neither Bombs, Bullets, Jets or Rockets Can Stop Gorgo...But This Little Boy Knew His Secret! See more »


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Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fornaldar-skrímslið  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film had its London Premiere on 27 October 1961 at the London Pavilion, the theater seen in the scene where Gorgo is being driven through Piccadilly Circus, and was double-billed with My World Dies Screaming (1958). It went on its suburban London release on the ABC circuit on 27 November 1961. See more »


Several scenes show stock footage of Centurion tanks moving to engage Gorgo, yet there are never any scenes of the tanks firing at the monster. See more »


Professor Hendricks: It's undoubtedly heading for Battersea Park, sir. That's the place to stop it.
Army Officer: How much voltage do you estimate would be required for electrocuting this animal?
Professor Flaherty: Two million, three million volts? That's only a guess. There's not much precedent to go on, sir.
Army Officer: Quite. Get me Battersea Power Station!
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Referenced in The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) 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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