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Gorgo (1961)

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


Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)


Robert L. Richards (screen story), Daniel James (screen story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Bill Travers ... Joe Ryan
William Sylvester ... Sam Slade
Vincent Winter ... Sean
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... McCartin
Joseph O'Conor ... Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ... Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ... Dorkin
Maurice Kaufmann ... Radio Reporter (as Maurice Kauffman)
Basil Dignam ... Admiral
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Mate
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
Howard Lang ... 1st Colonel
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... Bosun


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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Like nothing you've ever seen before! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


As a plot element, the signs "SEE GORGO" on the sides of London's red double-decker buses are meant to attract the public to see Gorgo "live" at Dorkins Circus. In real life the signs were probably to advertise the movie. See more »


When the British aircraft carrier Royal Oak is sent to take on the monster, the stock footage of jets taking off from a carrier show US aircraft. See more »


[Ryan and Slade are brought to Admiral Brooks]
Admiral Brooks: Gentlemen, you've been asked to come here to supply us with any information in your possession which might be helpful. Nara Island has been destroyed. Reconnaissance aircraft have sighted the creature in this area here.
Sam Slade: Excuse me, sir, that looks as though the thing is heading for England.
Admiral Brooks: Quite. And that, in itself, calls for an explanation. Do you have one?
Joe Ryan: [crossing his arms defensively] Well, we were playing a stream of water on it during the ...
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Referenced in Campfire Tales (1991) See more »

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Highly enjoyable monster-on-the-loose flick.
7 March 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Gorgo" is actually one of the most enjoyable trash movies ever made.The monster is really funny-looking and the action is fast and exciting.The film will surely make you smile on some occasions.The acting is okay and the special effects are pretty good considering the year in which the film was made.7 out of 10.Check it out!

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English | Irish

Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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