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King Kong (1933)
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King Kong (1933) Master showman Carl Denham has fallen on hard times due to the depression, and mounts an expedition to the mysterious Skull Island to find another showpiece. He takes along adventurer Jack Driscoll and the down-on-her-luck gorgeous blonde Ann Darrow with him to spice up the show. Arriving on the island, they discover it is home to gigantic beasts like dinosaurs, and ruling over all is Kong, a 30 foot tall gorilla. The natives kidnap Ann as a sacrifice for Kong, and the other crew members head into the dangerous island interior to rescue her.

Movie Tagline:
A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today!

Also Known As:
King Ape
The Ape
The Beast

Title: King Kong
Release Date: March 07, 1933
Runtime: 100 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Buried.com Rating: 9.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K

MPAA Rating: TV-PG

Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack

Fay Wray ...Ann Darrow
Robert Armstrong ...Carl Denham
Bruce Cabot ...John Driscoll
Frank Reicher ...Captain Englehorn
Sam Hardy ...Charles Weston
Noble Johnson ...Native Chief
Steve Clemente ...Witch King (as Steve Clemento)
James Flavin ...Second Mate Briggs
King Kong ...The Eighth Wonder of the World
Walter Ackerman ...Reporter
James Adamson ...Native Child
Van Alder ...Member of Ship's Crew
Ed Allen ...Native
Etta Mae Allen ...Native
Frank Angel ...Reporter
Roscoe Ates ...Press Photographer
Ralph Bard ...Member of Ship's Crew
Reginald Barlow ...Ship's Engineer
Leo Beard ...Member of Ship's Crew
Fred Behrle ...Member of Ship's Crew
Jack Best ...Warrior
Johnnie Bland ...Warrior
Eddie Boland ...Reporter / Cameraman
Harry Bowen ...Reporter
John Brakins ...Warrior
Lynton Brent ...Reporter / Cameraman
Roy Brent ...Member of Ship's Crew
Everett Brown ...Native in Ape Costume
Betty Burns ...New york Theatergoer
Barney Capehart ...Pilot

» [more cast members]

Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
David O. Selznick

James Ashmore Creelman
Ruth Rose
Merian C. Cooper
Edgar Wallace
Merian C. Cooper
Leon Gordon
Edgar Wallace

Max Steiner

King Kong Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"St. Louis Blues"

More Movie Taglines:
  • A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today!
  • The Most Amazing Show On Any Screen ! Adventure to make you wonder if it's TRUE . . . while your very eyes convince you that it IS !
  • The Most Awesome Thriller Of All Time
  • Out-leaping the maddest imaginings! Out-thrilling the wildest thrills!
  • The strangest story ever conceived by man.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Carl Denham: [warning Jack about women] Some big, hardboiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy!
  • [Captain translates Native Chief's comments on Ann Darrow] Captain Englehorn: He says, "Look at the golden woman." Carl Denham: Yeah, blondes are scarce around here.
  • [Carl Denham wants to capture Kong] Jack Driscoll: Why, you're crazy. Besides that, he's on a cliff where a whole army couldn't get at him. Carl Denham: Yeah, if he stays there. [Looking at Ann Darrow] Carl Denham: But we've got something he wants.
  • [Kong has been knocked out by gas bombs] Carl Denham: Why, the whole world will pay to see this. Captain Englehorn: No chains will ever hold that. Carl Denham: We'll give him more than chains. He's always been king of his world, but we'll teach him fear. We're millionaires, boys. I'll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it'll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World.
  • Carl Denham: And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive - a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Movie Trivia:
  • The models of King Kong built for the island scenes were only 18 inches high. When producer/director Merian C. Cooper decided Kong needed to look bigger while in New York, a new 24-inch armature was constructed, thus changing Kong's film height from 18 feet on the island to 24 feet while in New York.
  • Body count: 40.
  • Special effects genius Willis H. O'Brien, who earlier used stop-motion animation of dinosaur models in The Lost World (1925), had created several dinosaur models for his unfinished production Creation (1931). Producer Merian C. Cooper sold the idea for King Kong (1933) to RKO executives in New York by showing them a test sequence using O'Brien's models. The executives were stunned, never having seen anything like it, and green-lighted production of King Kong (1933) . O'Brien also used many of his "Creation" models in King Kong (1933) , including the T-Rex and the pteranodon (giant bird).
  • The project went through numerous title changes during production, including "The Beast" (original title of draft by Edgar Wallace in RKO files), "The Eighth Wonder", "The Ape", "King Ape" and "Kong".
  • Both Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack had been wrestlers, and they acted out the fighting moves for the battle between the T-Rex and Kong in the effects studio, before the animators shot the scene.
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