King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack direct the great grand daddy of giant monster movies. Huckster filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) leave New York on a charter ship. Once out to sea, Denham reveals the coordinates to Kong Island, while Ann falls in love with first mate, Jack (Bruce Cabot). Cooper and Schoedsack build suspense as the group lands and encounters hostile natives. When the islanders spot Ann, turmoil erupts, and the crew hurries her away to the safety of the ship. That night she is kidnapped, destined to be sacrificed as the bride of something called Kong. Rapid fire action kicks into high gear as Denham and Jack lead the crew in fighting off natives, then dinosaurs and finally the giant ape Kong to rescue the hapless maiden. Groundbreaking leaps in special effects use of matte paintings, stop-motion animation and rear-screen projection supply a heady atmosphere of a jungle alive with prehistoric monsters. Somehow, after many crewmen’s deaths, Denham’s surviving men knock Kong out with gas, bind him and load him on the ship. The ship returns to New York and, shortly thereafter, all hell breaks loose.
“Audiences will wonder how it’s done. Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.” – Joe Bigelow, Variety
Kim Morgan discusses King Kong on the New Beverly blog.
- Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
- Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
- Running Time
- 100 minutes
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- Bong Joon Ho
- An Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Dano, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Steven Yeun
- South Korea/USA
- Running Time
- 120 minutes