Gorgo (1960)

77m, 6916 feet/2108 metres
35mm, Technicolor
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

A British monster film directed by Eugene Lourie. It was originally released in on 27 October 1961.

Plot Summary

An undersea earthquake off the coast of Ireland heralds the arrival of a giant monster that trashes a local town. The creature is captured by the crew of an American salvage vessel and taken back to London where it is put on display before an incredulous public. But the monster turns out to be a baby – and its mother is on its way to get it back…


Directed by: Eugene Lourie
©1960 King Brothers Productions Ltd.
King Bros. Productions Ltd. presents
Executive Producer: Frank King
Executive Producer (Administration): Maurice King
Producer: Wilfred Eades
Associate Producer: James Leicester
Screen Play: John Loring – Daniel Hyatt
Original Story: Eugene Lourie – Daniel Hyatt
Director of Photography: F.A. Young
Edited by: Eric Boyd-Perkins
Music by: Angelo Lavagnino
Recording Supervisor: A.W. Watkins
Sound Recordist: John Bramall
Wardrobe: Harry Haynes
Make-Up: Stella Morris
Floor Special Effects: F. Hallenberg *, T. Clar *
Special Photographic Effects: Tom Howard
Art Director: Elliott Scott
Filmed at: MGM British Studios

Bill Travers (Joe Ryan)
William Sylvester (Sam Slade)
Vincent Winter (Sean)
Bruce Seton (Professor Flaherty)
Joseph O'Conor (Professor Hendricks)
Martin Benson (Dorkin)
Barry Keegan (first mate)
Dervis Ward (bosun)
Christopher Rhodes (McCartin)
Maurice Kaufmann (radio reporter)
Basil Dignam (Admiral Brooks)
Thomas Duggan (1st naval officer)
Howard Lang (1st colonel)

Alternative Titles

I epistrofi tou Gorgo – Greece (re-release)
Gorgo, o gargantouas – Greece
King Gorgo – Greece (re-release)

See also
Daikyoju Gappa (1967)
Gargantua (1998)
Gojira (1954)
King Kong (1933)
Waiting for Gorgo (2009)

Extracts included in
Creepy Classics (1987)



  • 405 Alive! no.28 (1995) p.17 – note, video review (Book, CD and Tape Reviews by AE)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.39
  • The Daily Cinema no.8520 (9 October 1961) p.5 – review
  • Film Daily vol.118 no.19 (27 January 1961) p.5 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.8 no.3 (December 1961) p.31 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.163 no.37 (25 January 1961) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly vol.517 no.2752 (30 June 1960) p.18 – note (Production by Bill Edwards)
  • Kine Weekly vol.548 no.2885 (17 January 1963) Production Supplement p.6 14 – note (Secrets of special effects)
  • Kine Weekly no.2819 (12 October 1961) p.10 – review
  • The Monster Times no.12 (28 June 1972) pp.3-5, 29 – illustrated article (Gorgo speaks by Gary Gerani)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.28 no.334 (November 1961) p.155 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.222 no.3 (28 January 1961) p.996 – credits, review
  • Stage, Screen and Radio October 1999 p.8 – credits, letter (Did you work on Gorgo? by Lee Kaplan)
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.30 – note (Round the cinema's zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
  • Variety 25 January 1961 – credits, review


  • Armchair Cinema: A History of Feature Films on British Television, 1929-1981 by Sheldon Hall p.336
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.208
  • Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.125-128
  • The Dinosaur Filmography by Mark F. Berry pp.123-129 – illustrated credits, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.90
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  • by Walt Lee pp.172; 173 – credits; still
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.194-195
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.116-117