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Gorgo

UK 1961
produced by
Wilfred Eades, Herman King, Frank King (executive), Maurice King (executive) for King Brothers
directed by Eugene Lourié
starring Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes, Joseph O'Conor, Bruce Seton, Martin Benson, Maurice Kaufmann, Basil Dignam, Barry Keegan, Tommy Duggan, Howard Lang, Dervis Ward, John Breslin, Nigel Green, Harvey Hall
written by John Loring (= Robert L.Richards), Daniel Hyatt (= David James), music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, special effects by Tom Howard

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On some Irish island, sailors/divers/adventurers Joe (Bill Travers) and Sam (William Sylvester) discover a dinosaur - and decide to bring it to London and sell it to Dorkin's (Martin Benson) circus. Two Irish professors (Bruce Seton, Joseph O'Conor) warn them that the dinosaur, now called Gorgo, is yet far from full-grown, and it might have a parent swimming around somewhere looking for it, but our heroes think the professors are just jealous because they took the dinosaur to London and not to Ireland - until a giant dinosaur makes its way to London, cannot be stopped by the military, destroys most historic landmarks - and only settles down when it has found little Gorgo. Then the two make their way back to the open sea again.

 

The British answer to the Japanese Godzilla series - which back in 1961 was only 2 films strong - is pretty much what you'd expect from it: A man in a dinosaur rubber suit running through miniature London and destroying most of it ... and as such, the film is pretty good. While the dinosaur suit might be less than convincing, the miniatures are great, the scenes of destruction well-made and fun, and most back-projections are actually kind of convincing (often a weak point in movies of that ilk) ... and even the actors are good. Of course, if you don't like giant monster movies, Gorgo will not impress you, but if you're a trashmovie fan looking for some old-fashioned mayhem, this one will surely entertain you.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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