The 1964 Columbia/Hammer classic horror-monster masterpiece was directed by veteran Hammer horror director Terence Fisher. Some of Fisher’s best-known Hammer screen horror productions/adaptations include “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “The Mummy” (1959), “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960), “The Curse of the Werewolf” (1961), “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962), “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” (1966), “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1977), “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1970) and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974). “The Gorgon” (1964) was produced by Anthony Nelson Keys.
Fisher’s 1964 Columbia/Hammer production was released theatrically as a double-feature presentation in the United States with Michael Carreras’ Columbia/Hammer “Mummy” entry, “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964, with Terence Morgan, Dickie Owen, Jeanne Roland and Fred Clark); according to an original 1964 Columbia Pictures exhibitors’ trade advertisement.
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of the 1960 Fisher-Columbia-Hammer horror production on Me-TV. He previously showcased “The Gorgon” (1964) from coast-to-coast back in Nov. 2018. According to IMDB, Sven previously aired “The Gorgon” (1964) on his hometown TV station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26/”The U”* in Oct. 2008.
Who was in Terence Fisher’s 1964 Columbia/Hammer monster-horror entry?
The players who appeared Terence Fisher’s production of “The Gorgon” (1964) were Christopher Lee (as Prof. Karl Meister, Hammer horror film veteran Lee also appeared in Don Sharp’s Columbia-Hammer production of “The Devil-Ship Pirates” that same year), Peter Cushing (as Dr. Namaroff, Hammer horror film veteran Cushing also appeared in Freddie Francis’ Universal-Hammer “Frankenstein” production of “The Evil of Frankenstein” with Ernest “Kiwi” Kingston that same year), Prudence Hyman (as the Gorgon; Hammer horror veteran Hyman was credited as the “first leading lady of British horror” for her numerous Hammer film roles; she also appeared with Christopher Lee in Fisher’s 1966 Hammer “Dracula” entry, “Dracula: Prince of Darkness”), Patrick Troughton (as Inspector Kanof; Troughton later went on to greater fame as the second doctor in the mammoth BBC television sci-fi/fantasy series, “Doctor Who” from 1966-68 with several cameo guest reprisal appearances in 1972-73, 1983 and 1985), Barbara Shelley (as Carla Hoffman), Alister Williamson (as Janus Cass), Michael Goodliffe (as Professor Jules Heitz), Richard Pasco (as Paul Heitz), Joseph O’Conor (as a coroner), Jack Watson (as Ratoff), Redmond Phillips (as Hans) and Michael Peake (as the constable).