1964 trailer for the North American dub of Toho Studios’ “Godzilla vs. Mothra,” which was re-titled by American-International Pictures as “Godzilla vs. the Thing.”
Sven will be having one more film in his Jan. Me-TV “Godzilla” salute on Sat., Jan 27 with “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, a.k.a. “All Monsters Attack”).
The film was directed by veteran Toho Studios director Ishiro Honda. Honda’s 1964 “Godzilla” feature film for Japan’s Toho Studios was released in the United States by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff’s American-International Pictures. AIP retitled “Godzilla vs. Mothra” as “Godzilla vs. The Thing.”
This will mark Sven’s second telecast of “Godzilla vs. Mothra” on Me-TV, he had previously showcased the film during his Feb. 2017 “Godzilla” salute.
Who were the players in “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” (1964)?
The players who appeared in “Godzilla vs. Mothra” were Akira Takarada (as Ichiro Sakai), Yuriko Hoshi (as Junko Nakanishi), Hiroshi Koizumi (as Professor Miura), Emi and Yumi Ito (part of the popular Japanese twin sister pop singing duo “The Peanuts,” as the “twin Shobijin fairies”), Kenji Sahara (as Jiro Torahata), Yû Fujiki (as Jiro Nakamura), Yoshifumi Tajima (as Kumayama), Jun Tazaki (as newspaper editor Murata), Kenzô Tabu (as the mayor), Yoshio Kosugi (as the chief of Infant Island), stunt actor Haruo Nakajima (in the “Godzilla/”Gojira” suit), Bernie Grant (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Akira Takarada’s character), Paulette Rubenstien (in two uncredited roles for the English dubbing of Yuriko Hoshi and the Ito sisters’ characters), Terry Van Tell (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of additional dialogue lines for the Ito sisters’ characters), a pre-“Speed Racer” Peter Fernandez (in two uncredited roles for the English dubbing of a villager and a reporter) and Kenneth Harvey (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Hiroshi Koizumi’s character).
1964: The year that Toho released two films with their star kaiju creatures
Original Toho Studios trailer for the Japanese release of “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” (1964), which was released the same year as “Godzilla vs. Mothra.”
According to IMDB’s trivia section on “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing,” this was the only time that Toho Studios released two “Godzilla”/”Gojira” films in one year. The other was “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” (which featured
“Godzilla”/”Gojira,” “Mothra,” “Rodan” and the introduction of nemesis “King Ghidorah”/”King Ghidrah.”).
“Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” was also directed by Honda (the film was released in the United States one year later by the Walter Reade-Sterling theater chain and their Continental releasing subsidiary).
Extra footage was filmed for the North American release
Toho Studios filmed extra footage specifically for the American-International Pictures version of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. The Thing,” for the Torada Beach naval attack sequence (according to additional details from IMDB).
Dubbing by Titra Sound Studios
The North American dubbing for the American-International cut of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” was done by Titra Sound Studios (according to IMDB’s portal on the film).
Titra Sound Studios also worked on the dubbing for Columbia Pictures’ 1962 North American release of the original 1961 Toho Studios “Mothra” feature film, according to Stuart Galbraith IV’s book, “Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography.”
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie and the return of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” (1964), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Don’t miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming Sat. showcase of the return of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” on Me-TV! You will not be disappointed in the epic showdown between two iconic Toho Studios kaiju creatures with the added fun of Sven, maestro Doug Graves and Kerwyn’s “mail call” feature (highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals and fellow fans of classic kaiju creature cinema)!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Join in on the fun by live-tweeting with all fellow #Svengoolie SvenPals (via Twitter during Sven’s Me-TV showcase of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” (1964)!
Flashback Post: Re-visit the extended “Silver Screen Reflections” article from Feb. 2017 on Svengoolie’s showcase of “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” (1964), back when Me-TV was on a different channel!