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The Son of Kong (1933)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  22 December 1933 (USA)
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The men who captured the giant ape King Kong, return to his island and find his equally gigantic, but far more friendly, son.

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After the disastrous results of his last expedition, Carl Denham leaves New York aboard a ship to escape all the trouble. After a mutiny, he and a few companions are left behind on Skull island, where they meet a smaller relative of King Kong and make friends with him. Written by Michael Zolk <mzolk@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de>

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SEE! The cannibals! The earthquake! The sea serpent! The fighting monsters of ages past! See more »


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22 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Son of Kong  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the scenes involving pterodactyls flying in the far background was matted into Citizen Kane (1941) during the scene where Kane and "friends" make for the beach from Xanadu - this was done to save production costs. See more »

Goofs

When Little Kong fights the Nothosaurus in the cavern following the discovery of the treasure they are both reflected in the glass used in the process shot superimposed on Denham and the girl in the background. See more »

Quotes

Red: [after hearing about the last trip to Kong's island] He expect *us* to go ashore?
[gestures to Denham]
Helstrom: Sure. He's got to have a bodyguard, hasn't he? Say, you know there were a dozen sailors killed on the last voyage he made here?
Red: Killed? By them animals?
Helstrom: Yeah. But, you see Denham and the Skipper came out alright. Ah, but you don't have to worry. There are plenty of rifles aboard.
[suggestively]
Helstrom: If *I* were captain, I certainly wouldn't take my crew into danger.
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Crazy Credits

The cast credits in the opening titles identify the character played by Helen Mack as "Hilda", but nowhere in the story itself is she given a name other than her stage billing of "La Belle Helene". See more »

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Music by John Klohr
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Mediocre follow-up to classic "Kong"
4 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Kong's small son stars in a small movie. Its greatest assets are its amusing effects sequences designed by the legendary Willis O'Brien and the vibrant playing of its female star, Helen Mack, who admirably succeeds Fay Wray in the series. Only the wooden Armstrong has returned from the Kong Sr. cast (as far as I know).

This one aims more for laughs than thrills, correctly assuming that audiences fully exposed (already) to Kong's menace could only be affected in a diminished degree if they had tried to follow similar lines in the sequel. Thus, it is more similar to the director's (and O'Brien's) later collaboration with John Ford, "The Mighty Joe Young", but it's not as charming or fun as "Young".


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