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Gog (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Romance | June 1954 (USA)
A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

Director:

Herbert L. Strock

Writers:

Tom Taggart (screenplay), Richard G. Taylor (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Egan ... Dr. David Sheppard
Constance Dowling ... Joanna Merritt
Herbert Marshall ... Dr. Van Ness
John Wengraf ... Dr. Zeitman
Philip Van Zandt ... Dr. Pierre Elzevir
Valerie Vernon Valerie Vernon ... Mme. Elzevir
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Maj. Howard (as Steve Roberts)
Byron Kane Byron Kane ... Dr. Carter
David Alpert David Alpert ... Dr. Peter Burden
Michael Fox ... Dr. Hubertus
William Schallert ... Engle
Marian Richman Marian Richman ... Helen
Jean Dean Jean Dean ... Marna Roberts (as Jeanne Dean)
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Senator
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Storyline

Scientists working on induced hibernation for space travel are killed, apparently by machines acting independently. Security agent Sheppard arrives at the secret underground space research base to investigate possible sabotage. He finds that the whole base is coordinated by supercomputer NOVAC and its robots Gog and Magog; and a strange aircraft is detected high overhead. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Station USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (as Color Corp. of America)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The robots Gog and Magog were operated by midgets. See more »

Goofs

200 milliroentgens is not anywhere near lethal. For that you would need an exposure of 500 roentgens (about 2500x the dose) for 5 hours. Further, they state earlier that the contamination is alpha particles which generally cannot be lethal unless ingested. See more »

Quotes

David Sheppard: [to Joanna who is in a hospital bed] The doctor says it isn't serious, just a little too much radiation.
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GOG returns in 3-D for 1st Time in 50 Years!
18 September 2003 | by gortxSee all my reviews

"The Return of Gog" - sounds good doesn't it? Shot in 3-D, but unseen in that format for 50 years, GOG hit the big screen at the Hollywood Egyptian last weekend as part of a 3-D film festival. After its premiere in Hollywood, UA decided NOT to release GOG nationally in 3-D, setting the stage for a film which has been more read about than seen properly for decades. For, once its theatrical (non 3-D) release was completed, the film apparently was sold to TV in B&W prints which further robbed the film of its production lustre. Only in the last few years did a color print show up courtesy of Turner Television. And, now, a 3-D dual print (complete with intermission to change reels!) has been unearthed.

Sounds exciting?

Unfortunately, all this buildup is for a small, talky B-picture. It IS refreshing to look back at a time when SF films weren't just glorified Chase/Action films (ie: T3), but GOG is mostly banal. Still, there's a lot of gadgetry, political intrigue and genuine science (!) packed into its brief running time. The unseen enemy behind it all is clearly the old Soviet Union, setting the film apart from so many films which depict the science itself as evil or suspect.

Director Herbert Strock was there along with Joe Dante and Leonard Maltin. Dante interviewed Strock, who was still spry and proud of his film. Ironically, Strock (like Andre De Toth) has monocular vision and couldn't guage the 3-D effects himself. Indeed, Strock's decision to keep garish 3-D effects to a minimum also may have contributed to the studio's decision to forego a costly 3-D release. And even Strock was amused at a line in the film where someone is hospitalized by an overdose, "It was only a little radiation!"


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