King Kong (1933)

MERIAN C. COOPER, ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1933.  Screenplay by , , from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, .  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

This beloved classic is still as fresh and fun as it was in 1933.  An expedition to a tropical pacific island happens upon the discovery of a very large gorilla who finds himself drawn to the most famous damsel in distress of all time (), and makes it his mission to have her, come hell or high water. The snooty adventurers think themselves so smart that they actually entrap the gorilla and bring him back to New York for exhibition, not realizing that iron bars cannot keep true love caged forever.  Before long he is climbing the Empire State Building (what else is there to do in the Big Apple?), swatting airplanes like annoying flies and making movie history. It’s a superb example of high adventure mixed with strong writing and a smart director’s eye for pace, plus an undercurrent of pathos, combining to make a movie milestone.

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