Gorgo

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Gorgo
Gorgo Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Eugène Lourié
Release Date 1961
Language English
Irish
Studio King Brothers Productions
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joe Ryan Bill Travers
Sam Slade William Sylvester
Sean Vincent Winter
McCartin Christopher Rhodes


Gorgo is a British 1961 science fiction monster movie directed by Eugène Lourié. It is the third Lourié's monster movie after The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and The Giant Behemoth (1959). After a volcanic eruption off Ireland coast a monster appears from the ocean. Two treasure divers manage to capture the creature and sell it to London circus where it is made the star attraction. After the monster, nicknamed Gorgo, is examined by scientists, they find out that this is just a infant of its species. Soon an adult monster Ogra raises from the deep and moves to London to resque the small one.


The following weapons were used in the film Gorgo:

Contents


Handguns

Webley/Enfield Revolver

A Webley .38 Mk IV or Enfield No. 2 revolver is seen in holster of a British officer.

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W. WWII production. Note words "War Finish" on the frame, under cylinder.
Enfield No. 2 Mk.I Original configuration with spurred hammer - .38 S&W
The officer at the right has a revolver in holster.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Some British soldiers are armed with Sten Mk II SMGs.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
A soldier holds a Sten.
A Sten is seen in hands of a soldier (next to the commanding officer).

MP40 (Mockup)

During the defence of the Tower Bridge several soldiers fire MP40 SMGs (this weapon was never issued to British military). The blue muzzle flash indicates the weapon to be a prop using natural gas to create muzzle flash, similar to Stens in The Guns of_Navarone.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Soldiers with MP40 SMGs are seen at the left and right.
A soldier fires his MP40 at the left. Note the hose connected to the weapon.
The MP40 is seen in hands of a soldier (third from right).

Rifles

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

When Gorgo comes ashore on Nara Island, the harbour master McCartin (Christopher Rhodes) and two fishermen fire Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifles (of course, without any success). A No.4 Mk.I rifle is seen on board of Joe Ryan's MV Triton. British soldiers widely use No.4 Mk.I rifles when Ogra goes on a rampage in London.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
McCartin (at the left) and fishermen fire at Gorgo.
A sailor on Triton holds the rifle while guarding Gorgo.
Soldiers on Tower Bridge aim at Ogra.
Soldiers fire their rifles.
Soldiers with No.4 Mk.I rifles in car.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

Some Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* are also seen in hands of British soldiers.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
A soldier in center holds No.1 Mk.III* rifle.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

Besa Machine Gun

Besa machine guns are coaxial mounted on Daimler Armoured Cars Mk I.

British Besa tank machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of coaxial Besa can be seen.

Browining M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns (British Army index L3) are mounted on Centurion (most likely Mark 5 or Mark 7) tanks.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
L3 machine gun is top mounted on Centurion.

Bren

What appears to be Bren gun is seen top-mounted on a Centurion tank.

Bren L4A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Unlike most other tanks, this particular Centurion seems to be equipped with Bren. The machine gun appears to be unloaded.

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

A Oerlikon 20mm Cannon is seen mounted on US Navy submarine.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon is mounted on the conning tower of the submarine.

AN/M3 Autocannon

AN/M3, US version of Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20mm autocannon, are mounted on Grumman F9F Panther fighter planes, seen on US Navy aircraft carrier that stands for HMS Royal Oak (in reality no Royal Navy aircraft carrier had such name).

Hispano-Suiza HS.404 with ammo drum - 20x110mm
20mm guns are seen in the nose of the plane.

ADEN cannon

ADEN cannons are mounted on RAF Hawker Hunter fighter planes.

ADEN cannon - 30x113mm
Hawker Hunters on airfield.

Bofors 40mm

Bofors 40mm AA autocannons are mounted on various Royal Navy and US Navy ships, notably HMS Pellew (F62) that is intensively used in attack on Ogra.

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a Boffin mounting - 40x311mmR
Single Bofors on HMS Pellew.
Bofors 40mm L/60 twin mounting - 40x311mmR
Twin Bofors on HMS Pellew.
Bofors 40mm L/60 quad mounting - 40x311mmR
Quad Bofors on US Navy ship.

Other Weapons

Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol

A Royal Navy sailor uses a Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol to ignite the petrol trap when Ogra enters River Thames.

Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol - 1 inch - brass frame and barrel
A sailor readies to fire the flare pistol.

Webley & Scott No. 4 Mk. I Signal Pistol

A British soldier uses a Webley & Scott No. 4 Mk. I Signal Pistol during the defence of the Tower Bridge.

Webley & Scott No. 4 Mk. I Signal Pistol - 37 mm
A soldier readies to fire the flare pistol.
Another view of the gun.

Flamethrower

The circus personnel use flamethrowers to threaten Gorgo and stop its attempts to break free. They appear to be a kind of non-military propane-fueled flamethrowers.

Gorgo-Flamethrower-1.jpg
Gorgo-Flamethrower-2.jpg
Gorgo-Flamethrower-3.jpg

Trivia

Centurion Main Battle Tank

Centurion Mark 5 or Mark 7 tanks are deployed against Ogra during the defence of Tower Bridge. Their main guns are 105mm L7.

Centurions leave the barraks.
Centurions on march.
A good view of Centurion tank.

Daimler Armoured Car Mk I

Daimler Armoured Cars Mk I are also deployed against Ogra. Their 2-pounder (40mm) guns are inferior in comparison with 105mm guns of Centurion tanks.

Daimler Armoured Cars on London streets.

Saracen APC

FV603 Saracen APCs are also used by British Army.

A six-wheeled Saracen is seen at the left.
Saracen AOP command vehicle is seen at the background.

Navy

HMS Pellew (F62), Blackwood-class frigate. It is armed with three 40mm Bofors guns and two Limbo Mark 10 anti-submarine mortars.
Limbo Mark 10 anti-submarine mortar on HMS Pellew.
Limbo fires.
HMS Jutland (D62), Battle-class destroyer. Its main weapon consists of five 4.5"/45 Mark III guns in two twin RP10 Mark IV mountings and a single RP50 Mark V* (behing the funnel). Two pentuple torpedo tubes also can be seen.
US Navy Gearing-class destroyer. Its main weapon consists of six 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in three twin Mark 38 mountings.
US Navy Fletcher-class destroyer. Its main weapon consists of five 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in single Mark 30 mountings. 40mm Bofors are seen between the funnels.
5"/38 Mark 12 guns in Mark 30 mountings.
5"/25 Mark 17 gun and 20mm Oerlikon are mounted on the US Navy submarine.

Missiles

During the defence of the Palace of Westminster British troops use car-mounted missiles. While the missiles doesn't match any real weapon, issued to British Army, they are more than just mockup, as they are loaded and fired. Possibly it's a kind of pyrotechnic rockets.

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Gorgo-Missile-3.jpg
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Gorgo-Missile-5.jpg



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