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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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king kong | island | giant ape | mutiny | kaiju | See more »

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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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The Little Kong puppet is actually the "long face" Kong model used for the T-Rex battle in King Kong (1933). For this film the armature (metal skeleton) was stripped of its rubber and fur and remodeled to look like a younger albino gorilla. 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

Helstrom: [stops Hilda in the streets of Dakang] Oh, ah, miss... I heard about your father. If I could do anything...
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Helstrom: You can't accuse me! You mustn't dare...
Hilda: How do you know I wasn't? Unless you were? How do you know what my father said me before he... before he died?
Helstrom: [scared] He... What ...
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The Glow-Worm
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Music by Paul Lincke (1902)
Played on piano in the saloon when Helstrom tells Denham about the treasure
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Like Father Like Son...Sort of

Son of Kong certainly is NOT in the same class as its predecessor King Kong. It lacks that film's inventiveness, creativity, dark mood, and overall horror, yet it is a fine film in its own right. Where King Kong was horrific, Son is charming. It never really takes itself quite as serious as Carl Denham and the captain from the first film leave New York for fear of lawsuits. They end up back on Skull Island with a cute stowaway(played convincingly by Helen Mack), the ship's cook(Victor Wong) and an unscrupulous captain. The better part of the film is the interaction with Robert Armstrong(as Denham again) and Mack with the pint-sized(in comparison to his daddy) Kong. Again we are given natives(briefly) and prehistoric creatures. Baby Kong is adorable and shows how he and his father were thinking creatures as opposed to the mechanical killing of giant reptiles. A nice little film!


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