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Writer:
Ruth Rose (story)
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Release Date:
22 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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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Cast

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

Frank Reicher ... Englehorn
John Marston ... Helstrom
Victor Wong ... 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:
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:
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 »
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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
"The Son" also rises, 18 September 2004
Author: JerryZ111 from USA

Of the films in what I like to call the Great Ape Trilogy ("King Kong," "The Son of Kong" and "Mighty Joe Young"), this is my pet favorite. I loved "The Son of Kong" as a kid but hadn't seen it in years until I rented it recently from my local public library. Was it as good as I remembered? No -- it was even better!

This movie generally gets a bad rap, and I admit that some of the criticisms are valid: It was rushed, it can't compete with "King Kong" in terms of spectacle or horror, it's a light dessert after a steak dinner. Because it's a sequel, it is fair to compare it to the original, and in some respects the comparisons are unfavorable. It's not exactly "Bride of Frankenstein" or "The Godfather Part II." But it's a wonderful film in its own right.

The best thing about "The Son of Kong" is that it makes perfect sense. Carl Denham (played, as in the original, by Robert Armstrong) is being sued by practically everyone in New York for the death and destruction caused by King Kong. That's exactly what would happen, not just in 1933, but especially today, which gives this old movie an unexpected freshness. Also, because of severe budgetary and time restrictions, the filmmakers knew they couldn't make another spectacle, so they wisely went in the other direction. The result is a smaller and far more lighthearted film whose titular character is a charming innocent who acts exactly the way a young ape would act. He's curious, he's playful and he's friendly, but he's also suitably ferocious when attacked or when protecting his human friends, as a watchdog pup would be.

There's also a sweetness and compassion about this film, not only in the kindly attitude toward animals, Little Kong in particular, but in the relationship between the remorseful Denham and the lonely Hilda, touchingly played by Helen Mack, a beautiful and underrated actress who gives what I think is the best performance in the picture.

"The Son of Kong" is wonderfully atmospheric, mainly in the scenes on Skull Island but also in those in Dakang and aboard the Venture. Considering they were so rushed to finish the film, the animators and technicians did a superb job, especially the great Willis O'Brien, who reportedly didn't like the final product. That's too bad, because he did some of his best work on this movie, as evidenced by Little Kong's alternately thrilling and amusing fight with a giant cave bear, by the cataclysmic storm and earthquake that rock the island, and by some of the small touches that set O'Brien apart from everyone else in his field. Kudos also go to Max Steiner, whose musical score is almost as good as it was in "King Kong."

Then there's the humor, which is delightful, contrasting nicely with the darker and sadder aspects of the film. It's provided primarily by Mickey the process server (played impishly by Lee Kohlmar) and, of course, by Little Kong himself. Yes, it's slightly overdone a couple of times, as when Little Kong scratches his head and anthropomorphically shrugs in a display of confusion, but overall it's a welcome and essential element.

In addition to Robert Armstrong and Helen Mack, the actors play their parts well. Frank Reicher (returning as Capt. Englehorn), Victor Wong (back in an expanded role as Charlie the cook, whom he plays with dignity and a certain twinkle), John Marston (marvelously slimy as the villainous Helstrom) and Ed Brady (as a surly mutineer) round out a good cast.

Ruth Rose's script is witty, gritty and realistic. It has been criticized for borrowing, clichés and all, from plenty of timeworn tales, but I don't care. For me, it works. And the finale can mist the eyes of even the strongest man.

All in all, "The Son of Kong" is a terrific, if brief (only an hour and 10 minutes), adventure. It's also a love story, as well as a tale of heroic sacrifice and ultimate redemption. I'm happy to say that one of my favorite childhood movies is now one of my favorite adulthood films, too. Here's looking at you, kid.

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