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Writer:
Ruth Rose (story)
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Release Date:
22 December 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Twelve Foot Ape Befriended them On the Island of King Kong! See more »
Plot:
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong, return to his island and find his equally gigantic, but far more friendly, son. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(21 articles)
User Reviews:
King Kong Lite! See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert Armstrong ... Carl Denham
Helen Mack ... Hilda

Frank Reicher ... Capt. Englehorn
John Marston ... Helstrom
Victor Wong ... Charlie - Chinese Cook
Ed Brady ... Red
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cy Clegg ... Sailor (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Native Witch King (uncredited)
Harry Cornbleth ... Sailor (uncredited)
Nathan Curry ... Native (uncredited)
F. Garrety ... Sailor (uncredited)
J. Goff ... Sailor (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Dutch, a Sailor (uncredited)
Tex Higginson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Native Chief (uncredited)
Lee Kohlmar ... Mickey, 2nd Process Server (uncredited)
Ken Kuntz ... Sailor (uncredited)
Ed Lanegan ... Messenger (uncredited)
Jimmy Leon ... Barkeeper (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Chinese Trader (uncredited)
Sam Levine ... Fruit Peddler (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... 1st Process Server (uncredited)
Claude Payton ... Sailor / Suspenders Peddler (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Bill, a Sailor (uncredited)
Gene Rossi ... Sailor (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alice Stombs ... (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Extra (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Servant Girl (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Tommy, a Sailor (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Mrs. Hudson, Landlady (uncredited)
Homer Watson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Peterson - Helene's Father (uncredited)

Fay Wray ... Screaming voice (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Rose (story)

Ruth Rose  scenario (uncredited)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Archie Marshek .... associate producer
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Linden (photographed by) (as Eddie Linden)
J.O. Taylor (photographed by)
Vernon L. Walker (photographed by) (as Vernon Walker)
 
Film Editing by
Ted Cheesman 
 
Set Decoration by
Alfred Herman (settings) (as Al Herman)
Van Nest Polglase (settings)
Thomas Little (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Cody .... assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Daniels .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Ivan Thomas .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Byron L. Crabbe .... art technician
Mario Larrinaga .... art technician
Gene Rossi .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Murray Spivack .... sound effects
Earl A. Wolcott .... recordist
Hal Bumbaugh .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Walter Elliott .... associate sound effects (uncredited)
Jean L. Speak .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bill Turner .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Willis H. O'Brien .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Juan Larrinaga .... technical artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Cy Clegg .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Holbrook .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
S.H. Barton .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Pete Bernard .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Tom Clement .... grip (uncredited)
James Daly .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward Henderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clarence Slifer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bert Willis .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Maxine Lockwood .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Homer Watson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Henry Berman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marcel Delgado .... technical staff (as Marcell Delgado)
Buzz Gibson .... technical staff (as E.B. Gibson)
Willis H. O'Brien .... chief technician (as Willis O'Brien)
Fred Reese .... technical staff
Carroll L. Shepphird .... technical staff (as Carroll Shepphird)
W.G. White .... technical staff
C. Dodge Dunning .... dunning process: photography supervisor (uncredited)
Carroll H. Dunning .... dunning process: photography supervisor (uncredited)
Lawrence Green .... double: Noble Johnson (uncredited)
Frank D. Williams .... williams process: photography supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1934) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1934) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1339)

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Trivia:
Because they knew little about the stop-action process employed by Willis O'Brien on "King Kong," producers Cooper and Schoedsack more or less left the animator alone. However on "Son of Kong" they became involved, a situation that angered O'Brien. Rather than argue, O'Brien would seldom show up for work at the studio, and Buzz Gibson had to finish the animation without him. He asked Cooper to remove his name from the credits, but the producer refused.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Hilda:You said, 'Stick to you'.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Glow-WormSee more »

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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
King Kong Lite!, 24 July 2004
Author: ramaken33 from Greenville, North Carolina

King Kong is the benchmark against which all the monster films for the past 70 years have been measured. Some- like Gorgo, and the Godzilla series, have certainly exceeded Kong in terms of mayhem and carnage, while others, like the Jurassic Park franchise have used the latest CGI technology to, (technically at least) surpass the painstakingly crafted models brought to animated life by Willis O'Brien. However, Kong himself has defied the ages.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for The Son of Kong. This film has been much-maligned, and some of the criticism is justified. Still, The Son of Kong is an entertaining, if not magnificent film. Son has the distinction of being the first monster movie sequel: probably, ironically, this is the reason it could not live up to its predecessor. Since the plot has already been discussed at length in other comments, I won't rehash it here.

Considering the phenomenal financial success of King Kong it seems incredible RKO did not allocate a bigger budget for The Son of Kong. In this day of multiple movie franchises, the opposite is often true: each sequel gets a bigger and bigger budget (though in most cases an inferior script). In 1933 however, despite King Kong's huge profits, RKO was still floundering, and the front office considered Kong's success a fluke. They weren't willing to invest more money for a bigger sequel; instead they believed the first film's popularity would 'sell' it, no matter what the quality. Thus, only about half of King Kong's budget was allotted for the sequel. To make matters worse, only about eight months was allowed for its production! Under such circumstances, the Son of Kong was virtually sabotaged from the start. Even so, the film had elements of style and technical polish that salvaged it from being a total loss. The Son of Kong can be considered a legitimate (if not auspicious) heir to his mighty father.

What I find interesting is that the film was promoted back when first released as a 'serio comic phantasy' though little of it was intentionally funny. Robert Armstrong (once again as Carl Denham) was allowed a wider range of emotion, and had some humor imbued in his character, even allowing the formerly hard-boiled Denham to 'crack up and go sappy' for the dark haired Hilda (played by Helen Mack). Likewise, Frank Reicher (as Captain Englehorn again) and Victor Wong (Charlie the cook) got a lighter treatment than the original film, but for the most part the actors played it 'straight.' Likewise with the prehistoric denizens of Skull Island- the Styracosaurus was a definite, if brief, menace, as were the cave bear, the quadruped dinosaur that enters the treasure cave, and the sea monster. In fact the only real comedian was little Kong himself- and sadly, that's the part that jars me the most. In a film that looked as carefully crafted as the original, complete with impressive glass paintings, miniature jungle sets, and even improved compositing, the almost cartoonish style in which Kong Jr. was animated undermines what could have been. Willis O'Brien, who'd labored so hard on King Kong, had reservations over the sequel and script, and supposedly did not contribute that much to the overall picture. Also, tragedy struck during production when Obie's estranged wife shot and killed their two sons, then attempted suicide. It's small wonder Obie had little enthusiasm for the Son of Kong, and for the rest of his life he was reluctant to discuss the film. Instead, it was Obie's assistant Buzz Gibson who completed much of the stop motion. It's possible both Obie and Gibson animated different scenes with Kong Jr., for the ape's animation is smoother in some sequences (for instance, when Denham bandages Kong's over-sized middle finger) than in others, possibly due to Obie's ability to handle more 'subtle' gesture and performance.

Max Steiner, King Kong's composer, created an original (if not quite as memorable) score for the Son of Kong, although during the climatic submersion of Skull Island, much of King Kong's score was inserted, probably due once again to budgetary restrictions. One interesting note about the score; whether it was intentional on Steiner's part or not, he derived a three-note motif for the conniving, cowardly Helstrom (portrayed by John Marston) that is an exact reversal of the famous three-note theme for King Kong. Musically, this unconsciously underscores the fact that indeed, Helstrom is Kong's opposite: while Kong was ferocious, fearless and yet chivalrous and tender with Fay Wray, Helstrom is full of human failings. As the bad guy of the picture, Helstrom isn't a larger than life villain; just an inept drunk who konks his drinking companion with a bottle of booze, killing the man unintentionally. He lies, incites mutiny, and finally tries to abscond with the castaways' only means of escaping the doomed island. He basically represents someone nearly all viewers may have known at one time or another. In other words, Helstrom is a loser.

Overall, the Son of Kong is something of a missed opportunity. There is much of King Kong carried over into this film, due largely to most of the first film's crew (from director Ernest B Schoedsack on down) having worked on this sequel. Considering what little budget and time was allotted, it's a wonder what sumptuous and engaging visuals they were able to deliver. On the other hand, had Willis O'Brien's personal fortunes been kinder, perhaps little Kong would have been given a little more dignity. Next time you decide to view King Kong, try to follow it up with his nearly-forgotten offspring. You may not be as awed, but as sequels go, it's a fine way to spend an hour and some minutes. As a moderately-scaled adventure, and as a footnote to an enduring classic, it's worth taking that extra journey back to Skull Island.

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