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King Kong (1933)

Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | 7 April 1933 (USA)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.


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Complete credited cast:
Sam Hardy ...
Steve Clemente ...
Witch King (as Steve Clemento)


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 Film_Fan

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King Kong Comes. See more »


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Release Date:

7 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ape  »

Box Office


$670,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (restored) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The success of this film is often credited for saving RKO from bankruptcy. See more »


(at around 27 mins) As the crew stand behind the sparse shrubbery to watch the natives performing the ceremony, Ann request to move forward to get a closer look. She does so but when the POV switches to the wide angle shot showing all of the action, Ann is no longer at the front watching the ceremony. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Weston: Say, is this the moving picture ship?
Watchman: The Venture? Yeah. Are you going on this crazy voyage?
Charles Weston: What's crazy about it?
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Referenced in King Kong! The Living Legend (1986) See more »


St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by W.C. Handy
Whistled by Robert Armstrong
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He's A Big Boy.
1 December 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie was awesome. After recently watching it for the first time since I was five years old I was amazed. The production and editing were brilliant, and the effects left me stunned. The small attention to detail throughout the movie complete this 1933 masterpiece.

8.5 out of 10

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