King Kong (1933)

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King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The film tells of a gigantic, prehistoric, island-dwelling ape called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to rave reviews.

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Fantastic still of the crew preparing to film King Kong, showing the tracks need to smoothly move the camera towards the "big gate." Still is coded "K-Pub-J, 601-P-7".

Fantastic still of the crew preparing to film King Kong, showing the tracks need to smoothly move the camera towards the "big gate." Still is coded "K-Pub-J, 601-P-7".

Cast and crew picture from King Kong

The Flickers: Photo

Silent and Golden Age film with healthy doses of vintage horror and B-movies. No claim is made to any images here.

KING KONG (1933) Skull Island set up involving miniature, glass painted and rear projected elements as one.

MAGICIANS OF THE MINIATURE

I had fully intended to have my career tribute article on matte exponents Ken Marschall and Bruce Block ready to roll for this final issue of Matte Shot for 2014, however it will be a little delayed as Ken uncovers and photographs more of his glorious matte art and old 35mm before and after clips that he feels will be of interest to me and my readers. With that being the unavoidable case I had the option of just hanging on and waiting it out, or, being the impatient, now or never, go for…

Kong head on a flatbed, with Willis O'Brien talking to Merian Cooper in the foreground.

Kong head on a flatbed, with Willis O'Brien talking to Merian Cooper in the foreground.

Left: a hand-carved, 6-piece articulated wooden sailor figure / Right: a static miniature stand-in man, both made for King Kong (1933)

Left: a hand-carved, 6-piece articulated wooden sailor figure / Right: a static miniature stand-in man, both made for King Kong (1933)

A wood, fiber and wire prop torch used in the film King Kong (RKO, 1933). The prop was used by actors playing the natives on Skull Island where King Kong is discovered. Actors holding torches such as this can be seen as Fay Wray's character is being sacrificed as an offering to King Kong. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity explaining that the item was purchased from the Culver City Prop House. Housed in a shadow box with a photograph of the torches being used inPrice Estimate: $4000…

KING KONG PROP TORCH

A wood, fiber and wire prop torch used in the film King Kong (RKO, 1933). The prop was used by actors playing the natives on Skull Island where King

Ruth Rose - Classic Monsters

Ruth Rose - Classic Monsters

Ruth Rose was the screenwriter for King Kong, Son of Kong and mighty Joe Young. She was married to director Ernest B Schoedsack.