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The Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy | 22 December 1933 (USA)
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise 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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The Twelve Foot Ape Befriended them On the Island of King Kong! See more »

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Son of Kong  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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...
Hilda: [ice cold] You've done enough. You killed my father.
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Hilda: My father was beaten over the head. He wasn't burned. What do you think the magistrate will say to that when he gets here?
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 opening titles announce the film as "a serio-comic phantasy". See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
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Music by David T. Shaw (1843)
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Who's your daddy?
21 December 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Exploitative cinema seemly is of all times… Even in the classic and respectable 30's, whenever a slick producer saw the chance of making extra money of a certain success-formula, he took it. And righteously so! Who could possibly blame director Ernest B. Schoedsack and his film crew for trying to gain some more dollars out the tremendous box office hit "King Kong", released only 8 months earlier? Unlike the milestone his daddy starred in, "Son of Kong" certainly isn't a must-see film, but it nonetheless remains an enjoyable, light-headed little film that still features all the nifty elements of its predecessor, only to a lesser degree. The mini-ape is still an engaging Willis O'Brien creation but his appearance is a lot more brief and comical. The story of this sequel supposedly takes place one month after King Kong climbed up the Empire State Building, and has Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong reprises his role) fleeing from all his New York creditors. He sails off to see and, along with a whole bunch of people that aren't worth introducing, he washes ashore Skull Island again where they encounter the son of King Kong. The film is never boring, but it's totally pointless and it can't seem to decide whether it wants to be adventurous or simply cute. Also, it's difficult to accept the character of Carl Denham as a hero all of a sudden, since he was the greedy bastard responsible for King Kong's downfall.

Oh, and another thing… I'm not a great biologist, but apes don't come crawling out of eggs as far as I know. So, assuming King Kong isn't a hermaphrodite, there should also be a Mother Kong somewhere! Where the hell is she? Wasn't her story interesting enough to tell? Is she such an atypical female that she decided to stay out of the picture during the cinematic adventures of both her man and son? Or maybe she went back to living with Mother-in-Law Kong when she noticed her husband fancied Fay Wray and followed her all the way to New York? Now that's something to think about!


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