Gog (1954)

Directed by Herbert L. Strock
Written by Tom Taggart and Richard G. Taylor; story by Ivan Tors
Ivan Tors Productions
First viewing/Amazon Prime


“The Three Laws of Robotics: 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;

2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law;

3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

An OK science fiction film in which the robots have not read the rule book.

The setting is a top-secret laboratory buried deep beneath the desert floor.  One of the lab’s main missions is to put a space station up, after which for some reason mankind will not have to worry about nuclear weapons.  The story begins in a lab doing a monkey experiment on cryogenics in hopes that it can be use on humans during long space voyages.  Unseen hands disrupt the experiment and the scientists.

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This signals the arrival of Dr. David Sheppard (Richard Egan), a security expert.  Joanna Merritt (Constance Dowling), secretly his main squeeze, shows him around the various labs where we explore the 1954 vision of high tech.  Equipment and robots continue to run amok.  With Herbert Marshall (!) as the head of the lab.


This one started out stronger than it ended.  I thought the stuff in the cyrogenics lab was the best part.  The film makers obviously were trying to make a good move and it’s really not too bad if you don’t mind a little cheese.


2 thoughts on “Gog (1954)

  1. True story – many years ago when I was maybe 8 I saw the beginning of this on TV one evening when I was at a relative’s and an older cousin was supposed to be babysitting. I watched to the point where the man got frozen and it scared the crap out of me. My teenage cousin had gone to her bedroom earlier and her boyfriend followed her soon after. At the time I had no clue what they were doing in there, but obviously neither of them had any interest in sitting with a little kid who was scared out of his wits. Finally she made her boyfriend come back out and sit with me for a while. I’m sure he hated me for it.

    Many years later I used IMDB to find out what the movie was, found it streaming on Netflix and ended up watching it. It was okay.

    • If the whole movie had been up to the first scary 15 minutes this would have been better than okay. I can completely understand your childhood fear. Not a good way to go.

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