Happy Birthday, Godzilla.

Just saw that the first Godzilla movie, Godzilla, King Of The Monsters — as it was called when it hit the States, was released on November 3, 1954.

That makes Gojira/Godzilla 68 years old — and the longest-running film franchise of them all. For me, the series really ended in 1975 with Terror Of Mechagodzilla. I can’t stand the stuff that came later.


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Filed under 1954, Eiji Tsuburaya, Ishirō Honda, Kaiju Movies, Toho

One response to “Happy Birthday, Godzilla.

  1. Walter

    Toby, this brings back fond memories from my youngsterhood. I first recall viewing the American version GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS!(1956) on tv courtesy of Memphis’ WREC Channel 3 EARLY MOVIE in 1967. They aired this rascal of a movie a lot, in my neck of the woods from the 1960’s-1980’s.

    The added scenes for English speaking audiences were of Raymond Burr as the intrepid news reporter Steve Martin, who was in Tokyo during Godzilla’s rampage. Burr’s scenes were filmed in a Hollywood studio in six days.

    Too me, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS! is a fun entertaining movie, which I still get a kick out of viewing today.


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