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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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Quotes from

Carl Denham: Holy mackrel, do you think I want to take a woman along?
Charles Weston: Then why?
Carl Denham: Because the public - bless 'em - must have a pretty face.


Captain Englehorn: Serve out the rifles! Man the boats!


Carl Denham: [chasing after sailor] Hey, come back with those bombs, you s...


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Facts about

It has been said that King Kong was the first Hollywood film to use a fully symphonic musical score. As memorable and effective as the musical score was, some have made the same claim about RKO's Bird of Paradise, released earlier. (Perhaps that claim should be revised to "the first memorable film...") Regardless, Max Steiner, composer for both films (and many later classics, including Gone with the Wind and Casablanca) was a visionary, forward thinking man. One of the legends surrounding this film is that director Merian C. Cooper paid Steiner from his own pocket after RKO bosses expressed concern over mounting production costs.
In 1933's original "King Kong," the big ape is on stage when he is frightened by photographers' flashbulbs, and breaks loose of his chains. That was shot at the Shrine Auditorium (665 W. Jefferson Blvd.), near Exposition Park.
Merian C. Cooper was partially inspired by W. Douglas Burden, who brought the world's first captive Komodo dragons to the Bronx Zoo in 1926. Cooper was intrigued how the once mythic, massive predators quickly perished once caged and displayed for the public.
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