The Giant Gila Monster (June 25, 1959)
Released June 25, 1959: (running time 1 hour and 14 minutes) A giant mutant gila monster causes havoc among the teenagers of a small Texas town.
Produced by Ken Curtis and B.R. McLendon
Directed by Ray Kellogg
Written by Jay Simms
The Actors: Don Sullivan (Chase Winstead), Fred Graham (Sheriff Jeff), Lisa Simone (Lisa), Shug Fisher (Old Man Harris), Bob Thompson (Bob Thompson), Janice Stone (Missy Winstead), Ken Knox (radio disk jockey Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith - Ken Knox was a famous radio disk jockey in Dallas, Texas), Gay McLendon (Mom Winstead), Don Flournoy (Gordy), Cecil Hunt (Mr. Compton), Stormy Meadows (Agatha Humpries), Howard Ware (Ed Humpries), Pat Reeves (Rick), Jan McLendon (Jennie), Jerry Courtwright (Bob), Beverly Thurman (Gay), Clarke Browne (Chuck), Grady Vaughn (Pat Wheeler), Desmond Dhooge (the hitchhiker), Ann Sonka (Whila), Yolanda Salas (Liz Humphries), Patricia Simmons (Sherry), Angus G. Wynne III (the dumb teen)
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Teenagers with Hot Rod Cars and Rock 'n Roll Face the Hungry Monster
In the summer of 1963 The Beach Boys released a music album that featured the song, “Little Deuce Coupe.” Possibly more famous in the automobile world than the classic 1957 Chevy, the 1932 Ford Coup was the first mass produced car with a V-8 flathead engine instead of the earlier models with four cylinders. This car became the favorite car of the post-World-War-Two era for teenage boys to turn into a hot-rod street racing car.
In the opening scene of this 1959 adventure, several teenage boys and their girlfriends watch Shug Fisher (Shug is short for Sugar), pull into the restaurant parking lot in his 1932 ‘Deuce Coup’. Shug Fisher in real life was a famous country-western singer, who is playing the part of a lovable character who likes a bit of the bottle now and then. After our leading man asks if he will sell his car, Shug explains that buying a car is just like getting married or going to New York City – Everybody ought to do it once, but nobody ought to do it twice.
Shug tells the boy that he bought his Deuce Coup in 1932 brand new for $695. He continued by saying that ten years ago it wasn’t worth a dime, but a month ago he turned down a hundred dollars for it. He said with a wink that when someone offered him $695 dollars for it, he would sell, knowing full well that it would never happen. No one in 1959 would believe that today a 1932 Deuce Coup would sell for a hundred times its original purchase price.
Teenagers with Hot Rod cars, rock and roll, and a youthful lust for life would make a fine story all by itself, but the fun will end when the hungry Giant Gila Monster brings terror, death and destruction to this sleepy little Texas town. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
1932 Ford 'Deuce Coup'
Bob Thompson and Fred Graham
Don Sullivan and Fred Graham
Don Sullivan and Fred Graham
Fred Graham and Bob Thompson
Gay McLendon, Janice Stone and Lisa Simone
Howard Ware, Stormy Meadows, Fred Graham
Yolanda Salas and Grady Vaughn