King Kong Overview:

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.


A masterpiece of movie exotica and one of the top moneymakers of the '30s. Fortune hunters travel to Skull Island in search of the fabled giant ape "King Kong." Enticing him with the lovely Wray, they capture Kong and bring him back to New York to become a sideshow attraction. The rampaging ape escapes and ransacks the city searching for Wray, ending his quest swatting biplanes as he dangles from the Empire State Building in one of the most famous images in movie history. Directors Cooper and Schoedsack met as fliers in WWI Poland. They specialized in exotic documentaries and then adventure films with far-flung locations. Cooper later became a producer for David O. Selznick, and then produced John Ford masterpieces such as Fort Apache (1948) and The Quiet Man (1952), and one of the biggest hits of the '50s, This Is Cinerama (1952). Followed by Son of Kong (1934), a 1976 remake, and the related monkeyshines of Mighty Joe Young (1949). The special edition video includes archival footage, such as the scene in which Kong peels Wray like a banana and the excised giant spider scene. The laserdisc includes a second audio track with historical commentary from film historian Ronald Haver.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


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

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Carl Denham: Whaddaya think of that wall, Skipper?
Captain Englehorn: Colossal; might almost be Egyptian.
Carl Denham: Yeah, but what's on the other side of that wall; that's what I wanna find out.

Carl Denham: It's money and adventure and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o'clock tomorrow morning.

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

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Facts about

The success of this film is often credited for saving RKO from bankruptcy.
Premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Executive Producer David O. Selznick left RKO midway through production of this film. But Selznick's last act of business at RKO - and probably his biggest contribution to the film - was to write a memo changing the name of the production from 'Kong' to King Kong.
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