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Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack 1933 | 105 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Action/Adventure, Classic, Pacific Cinema


Sponsored by:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Moviemaker and adventurer Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is embarking on a mysterious sea voyage for his next big movie, but he can't get any actresses to take the risk. Lucky for him it's the Great Depression, and gorgeous young women are starving on the street. He finds and feeds Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), promises to respect her virtue, and off she goes, the only girl on a ship bound for parts unknown. Stalwart first mate Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot), doesn't want a dame aboard, but of course he's drawn to Ann. And it doesn't hurt when Denham shoots some provocative screen tests of Ann in a racy, pre-code "beauty and the beast" costume.

Far out to sea, Denham reveals that he's looking for the uncharted Skull Island, where a monster named "Kong" is rumored to reign. Sure enough, the island (done in a gorgeous, old matte painting) emerges from a mysterious fog, with the natives about to offer a young girl to Kong in a spectacular ritual. The arrival of the crew ruins the sacrifice, but the chief notices the "golden woman" (the blonde-haired Ann) and figures Kong would like her better anyway...


Synopsis written by: Laurie Boeder


Tuesday, October 15 8:00 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Screenwriter Merian C. Cooper, James Creelman, Ruth Rose
Producer Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Executive Producer David O. Selznick
Cast Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson
Cinematographer Eddie Linden, J.O. Taylor, Vernon Walker

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