King Kong

Film, Animation
King Kong

Time Out says

If this glorious pile of horror-fantasy hokum has lost none of its power to move, excite and sadden, it is in no small measure due to the remarkable technical achievements of Willis O'Brien's animation work, and the superbly matched score of Max Steiner. The masterstroke was, of course, to delay the great ape's entrance by a shipboard sequence of such humorous banality and risible dialogue that Kong can emerge unchallenged as the most fully realised character in the film. Thankfully Wray is not required to act, merely to scream; but what a perfect victim she makes. The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory's ability to fashion a symbol that can express all the contradictory erotic, ecstatic, destructive, pathetic and cathartic buried impulses of 'civilised' man.

By: WH


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack
James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose
Frank Reicher
Robert Armstrong
Sam Hardy
James Flavin
Bruce Cabot
Fay Wray
Noble Johnson
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