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King Kong (1933) was a Adventure - Fantasy Film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack and produced by David O. Selznick, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

King Kong was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

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Classic Movie Tourism: King Kong on Broadway

By Jennifer Garlen on Jan 16, 2019 From Virtual Virago

Some 85 years after the great ape's original screen debut, King Kong has made a triumphant return to New York City, this time as the star of his own Broadway musical. There have been plenty of sequels, reboots, revisions, and reincarnations featuring the oversized cinema gorilla, but I've never seen... Read full article


King Kong Escapes (1967, Honda Ishir?)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 10, 2017 From The Stop Button

Despite lacking special effects and a phoned in score from Ifukube Akira (reusing his previous Godzilla themes to various effect), King Kong Escapes has quite a bit of charm to it. The film opens with Kong enthusiasts?really, they?re sitting around drawing pictures of him?Rhodes Reason and Takarada ... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: King Kong (1933)

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 6, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

King Kong (1933) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). The new film, Kong: Skull Island (2017) has brought the monkey movie back in... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: KING KONG (1933)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jun 23, 2015 From Virtual Virago

King Kong rules as the alpha ape among a crowd of cinematic simians, and the original 1933 movie that bears his name has influenced countless other films. Many of our modern blockbusters can trace their roots to King Kong; its special effects work and emphasis on big action sequences showed later fi... Read full article


[Stopped Button Favorites] Episode 1 | King Kong ’76

By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 20, 2015 From The Stop Button

Synced to the R1 Paramount DVD release. iTunes link coming soon MP3 Download... Read full article


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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!


Carl Denham: Don't be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen. Those chains are made of chrome steel.


Carl Denham: Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann. Scream for your life!


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Facts about

The character of Carl Denham was inspired by the film's director, Merian C. Cooper. Both Robert Armstrong, who portrayed Carl Denham and Merian C. Cooper died on consecutive days, 4/20/73 and 4/21/73.
According to the book "David O. Selznick's Hollywood" by Ron Haver, costume designer Walter Plunkett (later noteworthy for Gone with the Wind) worked uncredited on this film. Specifically, he designed the "Beauty and the Beast" costume that Ann Darrow wears while Carl Denham is filming her screen test.
Special effects genius Willis H. O'Brien, who earlier used stop-motion animation of dinosaur models in The Lost World, had created several dinosaur models for his unfinished production Creation. Producer Merian C. Cooper sold the idea for King Kong 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 . O'Brien also used many of his "Creation" models in King Kong , including the T-Rex and the pteranodon (giant flying creature).
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