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Marcel Delgado (1901–1976)

Marcel Delgado was born in 1901 in Mexico. After moving to California he took an interest in Art and ultimately met his future friend and mentor Willis O' Brien. His first work was on 'The Lost World', vastly improving the techniques formerly used to make models appear as life-like creatures. Football bladders were used to mimic breathing and ... See full bio »

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Known For

King Kong
King Kong Visual Effects
The Lost World
The Lost World Visual Effects
Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young Special Effects
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 1966 Fantastic Voyage (miniatures - uncredited)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (miniatures - uncredited)
 1960 Dinosaurus! (dinosaur model constructor - uncredited)
 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (miniatures - uncredited)
 1953 The War of the Worlds (miniatures - uncredited)
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii (miniatures - uncredited)
 1933 King Kong (model maker - uncredited) / (technician - uncredited)
 1931 Creation (miniatures)
 1925 The Lost World (associate technical director)
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 1964 Mary Poppins (special effects props - uncredited)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young (technical staff)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (miniatures - uncredited)
 1925 The Lost World (model construction - uncredited)
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 1933 The Son of Kong (technical staff - as Marcell Delgado)
 1933 King Kong (technical staff)
 1925 The Lost World (associate researcher)
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 1932 The Most Dangerous Game (special props - uncredited)
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 1967 The Perils of Pauline (gorilla costume creator - uncredited)

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On 24th of November 2009 the original 1933 King Kong model as used in the film and designed/built by Delgado was sold at an auction for 200,000 dollars. Made out of steel with ball-and-socket joints and covered with rabbit hair it stands 18 inches tall and weighs some ten pounds.

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