King Kong (1933)Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
"How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong -- and stayed with the project even after learning that her "leading man" was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow. Disembarking at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers circle around a terrified-looking young girl, chanting, "Kong! Kong!" The chief (Noble Johnson) and witch doctor (Steve Clemente) spot Denham and company and order them to leave. But upon seeing Ann, the chief offers to buy the "golden woman" to serve as the "bride of Kong." Denham refuses, and he and the others beat a hasty retreat to their ship. Late that night, a party of native warriors sneak on board the ship and kidnap Ann. They strap her to a huge sacrificial altar just outside the gate, then summon Kong, who winds up saving Ann instead of devouring her. Kong is eventually taken back to New York, where he breaks loose on the night of his Broadway premiere, thinking that his beloved Ann is being hurt by the reporters' flash bulbs. Now at large in New York, Kong searches high and low for Ann (in another long-censored scene, he plucks a woman from her high-rise apartment, then drops her to her death when he realizes she isn't the girl he's looking for). After proving his devotion by wrecking an elevated train, Kong winds up at the top of the Empire State Building, facing off against a fleet of World War I fighter planes.
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Cast & Crew
|Fay Wray||Ann Darrow|
|Donald Smith||Carl Denham|
|Bruce Cabot||Jack Driscoll|
|Frank Reicher||Capt. Englehorn|
|Sam Hardy||Charles Weston|
|Noble Johnson||Native Chief|
|James Flavin||Second Mate|
|Steve Clemento||Witch King|
|Merian C. Cooper||Flight Commander|
|George MacQuarrie||Police Captain|
|Paul Porcasi||Fruit Vendor|
|Sandra Shaw||Woman Dropped by Kong|
|Victor Wong||Charley the Cook|
|Vera Lewis||Theater Patron|
|LeRoy Mason||Theater Patron|
|Etta McDaniel||Native Woman|
|Russell Powell||Dock Watchman|
|Sul Te Wan||Handmaiden|
|Jim Thorpe||Native Dancer|
|Ernest B. Schoedsack||Chief Observer|
|Merian C. Cooper||Director,Producer|
|Ernest B. Schoedsack||Director,Producer|
|Carroll Clark||Art Director|
|Byron L. Crabbe||Special Effects|
|James Ashmore Creelman||Screenwriter|
|Marcel Delgado||Special Effects|
|Linwood G. Dunn||Special Effects|
|E.B. Gibson||Special Effects|
|Orville Goldner||Special Effects|
|Alfred Herman||Art Director,Production Designer|
|Mario Larrinaga||Special Effects|
|Thomas K. Little||Set Decoration/Design|
|Willis O'Brien||Special Effects|
|Walter Plunkett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Van Nest Polglase||Art Director|
|Fred Reese||Special Effects|
|David O. Selznick||Executive Producer|
|Carroll L. Shepphird||Special Effects|
|Max Steiner||Score Composer|
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73 years after it first premiered, “King Kong” is still a blast to watch, a marvel of economy and narrative action. In terms of innovation, influence, and overall contribution to the genre, “Kong” deserves to be called the greatest monster movie ever made. This Turner DVD version is restored and digitally remastered from a British-distribution copy, and the film has never looked or sounded better. For the Kong aficionado, it’s a great holiday gift, jammed with second-disk goodies, including “RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World”, and “Creation” test footage with commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Dynarama inventor and protégé of Willis O’Brien, Kong’s creator. It’s all good, but best of all is “Kong” 2005 remake director Peter Jackson’s stop-motion re-creation of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence, a scene reportedly cut from the original film by producer Merian C. Cooper before release. A 1933 screening audience could not get over the horror of huge spiders and insectoids devouring hapless sailors who survived the fall after being shaken off that huge log by Kong. Cooper later wrote that the scene “stopped” the progress of the film, and he may have burned the spider pit sequence himself to insure it could never be used. Whatever happened to it, this discarded sequence has remained an enduring mystery and is probably the most famous “un-scene” in the history of monster cinema. Jackson is a hard-core Kong fan, and in fact owns some of the stop-motion armatures and puppets used in the original film. While in production of this year’s remake, he turned his Weta special effects crew loose on redoing the Spider Pit scene, using what few clues and script hints were available, in authentic stop-motion action. The result is a fascinating and seamless, if not quite horrifying, labor of love that is worth the price of the DVD by itself.
What can I say other than this is a timeless classic. It is ahead of it's time "thanks to Willis O'Brien and Marcel Digado", and it has great actors "Fay Wray: The Queen of Scream, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong",great music "Max Steiner", and two great men behind it "Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack". It is a great story of Beauty and the Beast, and of the dark side of civilization. This is a great film. Kong is King!
This movie is truly THE ULTIMATE Classic! the effects are the best! and the actors are great. I admit it does get boring at the begining,But the movie gets even better when Kong takes up the screen. I personally think that King Kong is the Best thing about the movie. If you love gorillas, dinosaurs,action and adventure(not to mention romance!)then BUY IT!
The title is:unique, a propos,and unforgettable. The technical achievements... a marvel,even for today. And most of all..the beauteous Fay Wray , the most superlative casting event of all time. Even the musical score befits this colossal film.
This is one of the great movies classics that is a must have for every fan of the genre. For the time, the story, settings and the special effects makes this film a masterpeice of the American cinema. Although the effects are a bit outdated today, the film still holds up and the scene where the giant ape ascends the Empire State Building is one of the great images that will be burned into my mind forever. Packed with action, King Kong is one of the greatest films ever to be made.
By far the greatest movie of all time.The story,the cast,the setting...and the creature...not the computer generated,acceptable image,but a 'real'prehistoric ape.The movements,and the 'over the top' temper tantrums.This is the real thing...the way you would find this on an unknown island...the only movie to get seven stars in my book*******
This is the classic film that stars beautiful Fay Wray as Ann Darrow (the beauty) that's kidnapped by King Kong (the beast). Film is famous for the now legendary Empire State building scene. This is a great action/adventure film that also stars Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot. The effects may seem dated, but by 1933 standards they were very cutting-edge and innovative. Be sure to see this film!