A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann in it's grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. Written by
As a child, Merian C. Cooper lived close to an elevated train which kept him awake at night when it clattered across the tracks. This was the inspiration for the scene where Kong destroys an elevated train. See more »
(at around 40 mins) As the island natives climb to the top of the wall, it is obvious by their quick movements and quick flickering of their torches that the film has been sped up. See more »
First, the 1933 version of KING KONG, is for me, the greatest fantasy film
ever made. Sure, there are fantasy films with far better special effects
(THE MATRIX, JURASSIC PARK) better acting (the acting here is of the
period!) but KING KONG is a film of tremendous excitement. The suspense,
pacing, sensuality, violence all adds up to a blood pumping experience. We
all read about the film's history, being made, released, censored, restored,
and how it's been picked to itsy-bits by every arm-chair film
What very few film-makers have focused on is the film-making itself in KING
KONG. It has superb build-up. We are wondering what is on the island as we
approach it. Then we wonder what is behind the wall on the island. Then we
wonder what gigantic beast is sharing that frightening jungle with the
rescuers, trying to save Fay Wray. The film is faultlessly edited. Many
scenes begin or end with people running for their lives. Unneeded scenes
just don't exsist (we go from Kong knocked out on Skull Island to his
Broadway debut. We don't need to see what happens inbetween!) then there's
Max Steiner's perfect music score. Before KONG, most music scores were
borrowed snippets of classical or popular themes, but Steiner's score
follows the action to an inch! Also, he does a great number of abstract
musical strokes (I.e the clash of drums when Kong beats the giant snake to
it's death. The lovely string piece that jumps to pulsating chase music in
a milli-second.) When I hear of a friend say they never saw this film, it's
like hearing a child say they never had ice cream. Long Live Kong!
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