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Gorgo (1961) starring Bill Travers, William Sylvester
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In Gorgo, a prehistoric creature is discovered by two men, and taken back to civilization to be displayed. But then they find out it’s only a baby …. What about its’ mother?

Gorgo (1961) starring Bill Travers, William Sylvester

Gorgo is the touching story of a mother’s love. After her child is taken, she won’t let anything get in the way of finding her lost child, and safely bringing him back home. Oddly, they’re both dinosaurs. No, seriously.

At its heart, that’s the story of Gorgo. And I frankly root for the dinosaurs, and our human protagonists are actually the villains. Although they don’t know that, at least at first. And the young boy they take along on the trip instinctively knows that it’s wrong to take this poor creature away from its home. And he starts to convince one of the two men of this.

Of course, there’s a lot of destruction along the way, and I feel sorry for the suffering people of London. It’s not their fault, after all.

Sam Slade: We might be able to catch it in the nets. But how do you propose to kill a thing like that?
Joe Ryan: Oh, I don’t know. Dynamite, maybe?
Sam Slade: Ever stop to think what a thing like that might be worth alive?

Product Description 

Gorgo's mother vs Big Ben

A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster. Two treasure divers capture the creature and take him to London where he made the star attraction at a circus. A scientist is thoughtful enough to point out that the sailors bonanza is only an infant, and that a full-grown specimen would be over 200 feet in height. Sure enough, Gorgo’s mama comes thundering ashore, reclaims her offspring and heads back to sea but not before, she trashes a generous portion of London.

Cast of characters

  • Bill Travers (Born Free) … Joe Ryan
  • William Sylvester (2001: A Space Odyssey) … Sam Slade
  • Vincent Winter … Sean
  • Christopher Rhodes (The Guns of Navarone) … McCartin
  • Joseph O’Conor (The Gorgon) … Prof. Hendricks
  • Bruce Seton (Scott of the Antarctic) … Prof. Flaherty
  • Martin Benson (The Strange World of Planet X) … Dorkin
  • Maurice Kaufmann (The Giant Behemoth) … Radio Reporter
  • Basil Dignam (Corridors of Blood) … Admiral
  • Barry Keegan (King of Kings) … Mate
  • Tommy Duggan … 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
  • Howard Lang (Corridors of Blood) … 1st Colonel
  • Dervis Ward … Bosun

[Updated December 19, 2023]

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