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'Gog'
(Herbert Marshall, Constance Dowling, Richard Egan, et al / DVD / NR / (1954) 2011 / Warner Bros. Archive Collection)

Overview: A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

DVD Verdict: I was perhaps seven or eight years old when I saw 'Gog' in the 1950s. The story was only somewhat comprehensible to me; although I understood that the laboratory was some type of research facility, it was unclear to me why things were going haywire. The jet flying overhead was a mystery: where did it come from, who was in it, and what was it doing?

The scientific devices were fun to watch, especially the "ray" weapon. Being unable to grasp the concept of sabotage, I didn't appreciate why the device was not operating as designed. But what had the biggest effect on me was the action of the robots. Their running amok in the lab scared me to death. Maybe I picked up on the terror of the lab's occupants.

The combination of confusion and fear made watching the movie (on TV) unpleasant, but fascinating. It must be fun for others to now see 'Gog' here on DVD, knowing the plot, the actors, and the Cold War era in which it was made. (FYI - This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.) This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Warner Archive Collection





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