IMDb > King Kong (1933)
King Kong
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

King Kong (1933) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 83 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
King Kong -- Trailer for the original, classic film

Overview

User Rating:
8.0/10   58,155 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
James Ashmore Creelman (screen play by) and
Ruth Rose (screen play by) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for King Kong on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 April 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Extravaganza Still Greatest Movie Adventure of all time. See more (377 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fay Wray ... Ann Darrow
Robert Armstrong ... Carl Denham

Bruce Cabot ... John Driscoll

Frank Reicher ... Capt. Englehorn
Sam Hardy ... Charles Weston
Noble Johnson ... Native Chief
Steve Clemente ... Witch King (as Steve Clemento)
James Flavin ... Second Mate
King Kong ... The Eighth Wonder of the World
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Ackerman ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Adamson ... Native Child (uncredited)
Van Alder ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Ed Allen ... Native (uncredited)
Etta Mae Allen ... Native (uncredited)
Frank Angel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates ... Press Photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Bard ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Ship's Engineer (uncredited)
Leo Beard ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Fred Behrle ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Jack Best ... Warrior (uncredited)
Johnnie Bland ... Warrior (uncredited)
Eddie Boland ... Reporter / Cameraman (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Brakins ... Warrior (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Reporter / Cameraman (uncredited)
Roy Brent ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Everett Brown ... Native in Ape Costume (uncredited)
Betty Burns ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Barney Capehart ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Chapin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Claremont ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
John Collins ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Odel Conley ... Warrior (uncredited)
Onest Conley ... Warrior (uncredited)
Merian C. Cooper ... Pilot of Plane That Kills Kong (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Kathryn Curry ... Native (uncredited)
Nathan Curry ... Native (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Bill Dagwell ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
George Daly ... Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Ruby Dandridge ... Native Dancer (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Native Child (uncredited)
John Davis ... Warrior (uncredited)
Joe Dill ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
James Dime ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Fanny Donahue ... Native (uncredited)
Jean Doran ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Tex Duffy ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
William Dunn ... Native (uncredited)
William Duran ... Warrior (uncredited)
Peter Duray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Duval ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Earl Dwire ... New York Theatregoer (uncredited)
Ralph Easton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... New York Theatregoer (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Old Woman in Line at Mission (uncredited)
Shorty English ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jean Fenwick ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Larry Fisher ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Art Flavin ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Joe Flourney ... Native (uncredited)
Betty Gale ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Jack Gallagher ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Bob Galloway ... Pilot (uncredited)
Evelyn Garrison ... Native (uncredited)
Harold Garrison ... Native Child (uncredited)
Frank Gerritty ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Arnold Gray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Lawrence Green ... Native (uncredited)
Dorothy Gulliver ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Charles Haefeli ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Gunman (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Gunman (uncredited)
Etta Mae Henry ... Native (uncredited)
Irene Henry ... Baby (uncredited)
Tex Higginson ... Member of Ship's Crew / Assistant Director / Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Earl 'Hap' Hogan ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hazel Howell ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Clifford Ingram ... Warrior (uncredited)
T.C. Jack ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Jimmy James ... Member of Ship's Crew / Assistant Director (uncredited)
Annie L. Johnson ... Native (uncredited)
John L. Johnson ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Harry Keaton ... Ballyhooer (uncredited)
Walter Kimpton ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Walter Kirby ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Al Knight ... Warrior (uncredited)
Walter Knox ... Native (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... First Mate (uncredited)
Sam Levine ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... New York Theatregoer (uncredited)
Timothy J. Lonergan ... Police Officer / Usher (uncredited)
George MacQuarrie ... Police Captain (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Joe Smith Marba ... Elevated Train Motorman (uncredited)
Rena Marlowe ... Native Child (uncredited)
Sam Marlowe ... Warrior (uncredited)
Mae Marrin ... Ballyhooer (uncredited)
Henry Martin ... Warrior (uncredited)
Buddy Mason ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
LeRoy Mason ... New York Theatregoer (uncredited)
Richie McCarew ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Etta McDaniel ... Native (uncredited)
Al McDonald ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Ballyhooer (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dusty Mitchell ... Pilot (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Ballyhooer (uncredited)
Carlotta Monti ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Harry Mount ... Reporter (uncredited)
Almeta Muse ... Native (uncredited)
Alice Nichols ... Native (uncredited)
Nim Nixon ... Native Dancer (uncredited)
John Northpole ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Skeets Noyes ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
G. Raymond Nye ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paddy O'Flynn ... Reporter / Cameraman (uncredited)
Tom O'Grady ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Bert O'Malley ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Charles O'Malley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Patrick ... Native Dancer (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Nathan Perry ... Native (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Apple Vendor (uncredited)
Mahlon Potts ... Native Child (uncredited)
Malcon Potts ... Native Child (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Watchman (uncredited)
A.J. Prather ... Native (uncredited)
Jack Pratt ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Reporter (uncredited)
T.J. Rankin ... Native Dancer (uncredited)
Eddy Reed ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gus Robinson ... Native Dancer (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Rogers ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Saunders ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Reporter (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack ... Machine-Gunner on Plane That Kills Kong (uncredited)
Charles Sewell ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Warrior (uncredited)
Sandra Shaw ... Hotel Woman Dropped by Kong (uncredited)
Tony Shelly ... Native (uncredited)
Gay Sheridan ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Milton Shockley ... Warrior (uncredited)
Jack Silver ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Jack Smith ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Solder ... Native (uncredited)
Katherine Sparks ... Native (uncredited)
Hugh Starkey ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... New York Theatregoer (uncredited)
Edward Stevens ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roy Stewart ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman at Headquarters (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ... Ballyhooer (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Native (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Tobias Tally ... Warrior (uncredited)
Walter Taylor ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Sailor (uncredited)
Ivan Thomas ... Conductor (uncredited)
Roy Thompson ... Warrior (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Earl Turman ... Warrior (uncredited)
Ray Turner ... Native (uncredited)
William Van Vleck ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
John Wade ... Warrior (uncredited)
Kid Wagner ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Harry Walker ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Wade Walker ... Native (uncredited)
H.R. Warwick ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Warrior (uncredited)
Charles Washington ... Warrior (uncredited)
George Washington ... Warrior (uncredited)
Hannah Washington ... Native Child (uncredited)
Jack West ... Native (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)
Bill Williams ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Geneva Williams ... Native (uncredited)
Ivory Williams ... Warrior (uncredited)
Victor Wong ... Charlie the Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Eric Wood ... Pilot (uncredited)
Helen Worthington ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)
Lillian Young ... New York Theatergoer (uncredited)

Directed by
Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
James Ashmore Creelman (screen play by) (as James Creelman) and
Ruth Rose (screen play by)

Merian C. Cooper (from an idea conceived by) and
Edgar Wallace (from an idea conceived by)

Merian C. Cooper  story (uncredited)
Leon Gordon  contributing writer (uncredited)
Edgar Wallace  story (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Linden (photographed by) (as Eddie Linden)
J.O. Taylor (photographed by)
Vernon L. Walker (photographed by) (as Vernon Walker)
Kenneth Peach (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Ted Cheesman (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Carroll Clark (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark (uncredited)
Alfred Herman (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Carroll Clark (settings by)
Alfred Herman (settings by) (as Al Herman)
Thomas Little (uncredited)
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Dot Carlson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dotha Hippe .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sam Kaufman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Daniels .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ivan Thomas .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Byron L. Crabbe .... art technician
Mario Larrinaga .... art technician
John Cerisoli .... sculptor (uncredited)
George Gabe .... property master (uncredited)
Van Nest Polglase .... supervising art director (uncredited)
Ernest Smythe .... additional storyboard artist (uncredited)
Peter Stitch .... painting technician (uncredited)
W.G. White .... construction technician (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Murray Spivack .... sound effects
Earl A. Wolcott .... recorded by
Walter Elliott .... sound effects associate (uncredited)
Eddie Harman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... sound designer (uncredited)
Harold E. Stine .... boom operator (uncredited)
Richard Van Hessen .... boom operator: visual effects unit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Frank D. Williams .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Byron L. Crabbe .... matte painter (uncredited)
Byron L. Crabbe .... matte technician (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... model maker (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... technician (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical photographer (uncredited)
C. Dodge Dunning .... visual effects supervisor: Dunning process (uncredited)
Carroll H. Dunning .... visual effects supervisor: Dunning process (uncredited)
Buzz Gibson .... technician (uncredited)
Orville Goldner .... technician (uncredited)
Henri Hillinck .... matte painter (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... matte painter (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... matte technician (uncredited)
Willis H. O'Brien .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Reese .... technician (uncredited)
Carroll L. Shepphird .... technician (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... special effects cameraman (uncredited)
Bud Thackery .... process photography (uncredited)
William Ulm .... optical photographer (uncredited)
Vernon L. Walker .... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)
Frank D. Williams .... matte supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marcella Allen .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Frank Cullen .... stunts (uncredited)
Dorothy Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dill .... stunts (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Higginson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jimmy James .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jimmy James .... stunts (uncredited)
Lillian Jones .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Leonore Kinney .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... stunt double: Robert Armstrong (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... stunts (uncredited)
Judy Malcolm .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Buddy Mason .... stunt double: Robert Armstrong (uncredited)
Cherie May .... stunt double: Fay Wray (uncredited)
Al McDonald .... stunt double: Bruce Cabot (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunt driver: car crashes (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunt double: Bruce Cabot (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan .... stunt double: Robert Armstrong (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Wagner .... stunts (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner .... stunt double: for Fay Wray on edge of Empire State Building (uncredited)
Charles Watt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Williams .... stunt double: Robert Armstrong (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Lee Davis .... camera operator (uncredited)
Guy Gilman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Edward Henderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Marquenie .... best boy (uncredited)
Sam Redding .... key grip (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Bert Willis .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Stacy Woodard .... director of photography: inserts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ethel Beach .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Tommy Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walter Daniels .... production assistant
Marcel Delgado .... technical staff
Buzz Gibson .... technical staff (as E.B. Gibson)
Orville Goldner .... technical staff
Archie Marshek .... production assistant (as Archie F. Marshek)
Willis H. O'Brien .... chief technician
Fred Reese .... technical staff
Carroll L. Shepphird .... technical staff (as Carroll Shepphird)
Betty Collins .... double (uncredited)
Chick Collins .... double (uncredited)
Sam Cummings .... double (uncredited)
C. Dodge Dunning .... dunning process supervisor (uncredited)
Carroll H. Dunning .... dunning process supervisor (uncredited)
Betty Goode .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Mike Graves .... double (uncredited)
Edith Haskins .... double (uncredited)
Jack Holbrook .... double (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... double (uncredited)
Duke Krantz .... pilot (uncredited)
J.W. Lytle .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Horace McCoy .... script assistant (uncredited)
Frances Mills .... double (uncredited)
O.A. Patterson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Zoe Porter .... assistant: Mr. Cooper (uncredited)
Harry Raven .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... double (uncredited)
Loretta Rush .... double (uncredited)
Sidney Saunders .... rear projection process (uncredited)
John Sinclair .... double (uncredited)
George Weiss .... pilot (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • RKO Radio Pictures (presents) (as Radio Pictures) (A Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack Production)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
100 min | 104 min (restored version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (cut) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (1933) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1933) (uncut) | France:U | Germany:6 | Norway:11 | Norway:16 (1934) | South Korea:12 (2003) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release) | USA:Not Rated (video release)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sensing a huge hit from industry buzz, MGM offered to buy the film outright from RKO for $1.072m (some $400,000 over its negative cost), figuring the little studio was reeling from losing $10+m in 1932. RKO was smart to decline the offer. The film smashed attendance records nationwide and ended up grossing $1.761m during its initial release. RKO would periodically, and extremely profitably, re-release the movie through the 1950s.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The body of the brontosaurus is visible through one of the trees it passes.See more »
Quotes:
[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?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bum Voyage (1934)See more »
Soundtrack:
St. Louis BluesSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What is 'King Kong' about?
What contributed to Merian C. Cooper's fascination with primates and where did he get the idea for this story?
See more »
112 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Classic Extravaganza Still Greatest Movie Adventure of all time., 25 July 2001
Author: mk4 from Long Beach, CA

As a guy whose pushing 52, I'm proud to say that this movie has been a profound influence on my life and is largely instrumental into launching me into a career as an art director. I've seen this movie perhaps over 1,000 times. Before the advent of VHS, I would catch it anywhere in L.A. where there was a revival house. Saw it countless times before the "lost" footage was restored (which puts a competely different spin on the complex character of Kong). I have a rare tape recording of the original Steiner "prologue Music" lasting over ten minutes (dubbed for me by a collector friend) which I don't think has made it onto the excellent Turner/Rhino CD soundtrack. And still I see something new upon each screening. I first saw Kong in 1956 on the local "Million Dollar Movie" show, a weekly feature of KHJ TV-9 - an RKO-General station. I remember the scenes of Kong throwing the "wrong" woman to her death as still intact...as well as a few feet of film where a New York fire engine flips-over after going around the corner (I've never seen that bit since). I was in a film class being taught by Rudy Behlmer at Art Center in 1971 when he matter-of-factly screened the "lost" footage in class (he had gotten access to it). I've seen nitrate prints screened at the L.A. County Museum of Art, UCLA and MOMA. I have seen this film with Fay Wray in attendance. I don't think I've ever missed a screening anywhere locally to the best of my knowledge. What bothers me is that today's audiences may not be able to project themselves back into time and try to relive the thrilling film-going experience circa 1933. They cannot grasp or accept the dialogue or style of acting at face-value; many consider it corny...or over-the-top. Yet a comparison between Kong and say Jurassic Park III finds the latter's dialogue so stiltedly puerile and instantly forgettable that it cannot stand the test of time even in the present, let alone seventy years. In Kong, Bruce Cabot portrays a "natural" mug who plays his part beautifully as an uncouth mate aboard ship suddenly sharing his space with one of the prettiest women of all time (Fay Wray's looks are timeless, and she is still a "hottie" even by today's standards) . Is there any wonder that similarities between Cabot and Harrison Ford as "Indiana Jones" are not coincidental? If Cabot were alive today, he'd be the one earning millions. Robert Armstrong is perfect playing an impresario so full of energy he bursts at the seams. This is the way show people talked during the third decade of the Twentieth Century...full of what they used to call ballyhoo (check out Jimmy Cagney in "Footlight Parade made in the same year for the same kind of high-voltage enthusiasm). Frank Reicher is totally believable as the captain, lending an even greater amount of quasi-realism to the fable. Never discussed is fact that this movie is shot almost documentary-style...it has a mythical "preserved-in-amber" feel about it. It's as if what you are seeing is truly real...folklore-become-fact...and that the scenes unfolding actually happened once upon a time in 1933. Who cannot visit New York City today and NOT think of King Kong on the rampage close to 70 years ago? I urge anyone who has not seen "King Kong" on the big screen to do so. When you hear the any of the remarkable sound effects as you view the film, you will become a convert; for example, just listen to the all-too-real crunching of the Allosaurus' jawbone just before Kong ends its life (a death made all-the-more poignant by the way the carnivore is introduced to the audience-by innocently and realistically SCRATCHING ITS HEAD WITH ITS CLAW as it enters frame before the fight). Absolute Perfection in a movie made up of absolute perfections. I could yammer on and on. But I won't. All I can tell you is that for these and countless other reasons this film will always rate a 10-out-of-10. It is still the Greatest Adventure Movie Of All Time.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (377 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for King Kong (1933)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Spider Pit Black Scorpion-The Actual Models in Action! Tarzan2000
What do you guys think of The Lost World (1925)? Paranoid_Android_82
Pretty misogynistic for its time. phoenixandrew
herbivore dinosaur chomping on sailor albawhall
Idiot in my class pridakfan253
King Kong is an analogy for Amercia's fear of Black men sporthub
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
King Kong King Kong Blood Diamond Australia The English Patient
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.