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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 »
NewsDesk:
(21 articles)
User Reviews:
A chip off the old block See more (84 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:
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:
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:
Referenced in Horrible Bosses (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Runaway BluesSee more »

FAQ

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A chip off the old block, 28 May 2004
Author: bobc-5 from Annandale, VA

It's one month after the King Kong fiasco and Carl Denham can't get a break from the relentless stream of reporters and lawsuits hounding him. Kong might have caused a lot of damage and killed a few people, but don't you think that Denham is awfully sorry about it all? And was it really his fault that the chains weren't strong enough? Maybe not, but with a grand jury about to determine otherwise, Denham decides it's time to take a long ocean voyage.

Poor Denham must've done something to insult Poseidon, though, because no matter how much he wants to avoid it, he gets blown right back to Skull Island. This time he's looking for a treasure, but when the ungrateful natives force him to land on a remote part of the island, he immediately stumbles upon the orphaned Son of Kong. He knows this because of the obvious family resemblance. We never do find out what happened to Mrs. Kong.

The original was the greatest special effects film ever made, and for reasons more than just the outstanding effects. Any attempt to duplicate this, particularly in a quickly made sequel, could not possibly have come close and would have been nothing more than a shameless attempt to make some quick cash. In other words, a typical Hollywood sequel. The creators of Son wisely do not make this attempt. Instead, using the original's subtle satire of the film industry as its starting point, "Son of Kong" becomes a broad parody of Hollywood movies in general and of the original "King Kong" itself.

At one hour and 10 minutes, this movie is exactly the right length of time. No gag or idea is drawn out for even a moment longer than it is capable of sustaining. The special effects are still excellent, but are now secondary to the antics of the characters, including the comic mugging of Kong Jr. himself. Make no doubt about it, this film is no "King Kong" - but it's not a typical Hollywood sequel either.

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