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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1959 (UK)
A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chase Winstead
... Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ... Lisa
... Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ... Mr. Wheeler
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. After a series of tragic motor accidents, it becomes apparent that a giant Gila monster is roaming the area depleting the town of its citizens and visitors, including two hot-rodding teens, and planning to attend the BIG record-hop party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gigantyczna jaszczurka  »

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Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voice you hear on the other end of the phone, when Chase eavesdrops on a phone call to the police department, is that of Ken Curtis, who served as producer on this film. He is more famous for having played scruffy deputy Festus Hagen on Gunsmoke (1955). See more »

Goofs

Just after Chase receives the phone call from the Sheriff about the wrecked oil truck, in the next scene the shadow of the boom mic can be seen in the lower left corner of the frame, next to the police car, right before Chase pulls up in his dragster. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wheeler: I guess with Compton gone,that puts Chase out of a job.
Sheriff Jeff: That's right.
Mr. Wheeler: Make it a point to send him around to see me in the morning.
Sheriff Jeff: I'll *bring* him around in the morning!
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Giant Gila Monster (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Made That Way
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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Pleasant slice of life film
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

As a monster movie, this is far from the best, but as a look at life in 50's rural Texas, it's top notch. The settings are authentic and realistic and the people talk like real people. Especially good is Fred Graham as the kind-hearted Sheriff...the opposite of the way most cops were portrayed in teen movies. Don Sullivan is not bad at all as hero Chase, a decent kid who just happens to love racing fast cars. With the exception of the rich Dad, everybody in the movie seems decent.

As for our title monster, he's pretty sleepy looking, but I always thought Gila Monsters were pretty cool. The somber, eerie background music helps this one a lot. Speaking of which, some of Sullivan's singing is OK, but "Laugh, Little Children" should be taken out and shot.

If the effects had matched the rest of the movie, it would have been a minor classic. As it is, it's a fun "time capsule" type movie.


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