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The Son of Kong (1933)

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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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Ruth Rose (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ... Carl Denham
Helen Mack ... Hilda
Frank Reicher ... Capt. Englehorn
John Marston John Marston ... Captain Nils Helstrom
Victor Wong ... Charlie - Chinese Cook
Ed Brady ... Red
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Twelve Foot Ape Befriended them On the Island of King Kong! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Kong See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,342,880
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Recordings of Fay Wray's screams from King Kong (1933) were used in this movie. 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

Red: Throw him overboard with the rest of the captains.
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The opening titles announce the film as "a serio-comic phantasy". See more »

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Will daddy Kong be proud?
4 April 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Brought out within the same year, the quickly handled sequel "The Son of Kong" would pale in comparison to its milestone original, but would remain enjoyably lightweight with a more prominent comic tone and consisting of a mildly robustness to the action. Too bad it just goes on to rush things, then actually thinking it out because the story isn't as compelling as it could have been. Little creativity shows, despite its stringy sub-plots. The story follows on from "King Kong", as promoter/producer Carl Denham finds himself in a lot of hot water for introducing Kong to New York. So to escape the lawsuits and reporters, he and the sea captain end heading out to sea. Although things change when they're told there's treasure on Skull Island, and before coming across this they encounter a miniature Kong.

After an amusing opening (Denham hiding out) it only goes on to feel like its slogging it out in an stretched out manner, until the lively nature picks up (when they reach Skull island --- which takes them quite awhile) and then it breezes by in no time. Kong's son doesn't have that menace and uncontrollable aggression like father… instead it has a child's temperament; curious, lovable and friendly. Due to that there's little in the way of dark moments and the suspense is faintly structured, with a more playful style winning out and these three stooges antics is even played up to the camera. *Shrug*. Nonetheless the interactions especially between Denham and baby Kong remains charming, if goofy. Even the wrestlemania between Kong and prehistoric beasties can be diverting, if lacking the punch. The likable Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher and Victor Wong effortlessly reprise their roles. Helen Mack is okay as the female siren. Ernest B. Schoedsack's steadfast direction is measurably controlled due to obvious time/budget constrictions, but decent animation FX is used for Kong.


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