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"How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in Fay Wray -- and stayed with the project even after learning that her "leading man" was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow. Disembarking at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers circle around a terrified-looking young girl, chanting, "Kong! Kong!" The chief (Noble Johnson) and witch doctor (Steve Clemente) spot Denham and company and order them to leave. But upon seeing Ann, the chief offers to buy the "golden woman" to serve as the "bride of Kong." Denham refuses, and he and the others beat a hasty retreat to their ship. Late that night, a party of native warriors sneak on board the ship and kidnap Ann. They strap her to a huge sacrificial altar just outside the gate, then summon Kong, who winds up saving Ann instead of devouring her. Kong is eventually taken back to New York, where he breaks loose on the night of his Broadway premiere, thinking that his beloved Ann is being hurt by the reporters' flash bulbs. Now at large in New York, Kong searches high and low for Ann (in another long-censored scene, he plucks a woman from her high-rise apartment, then drops her to her death when he realizes she isn't the girl he's looking for). After proving his devotion by wrecking an elevated train, Kong winds up at the top of the Empire State Building, facing off against a fleet of World War I fighter planes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 1933


Fay Wray
as Ann Darrow
Robert Armstrong
as Carl Denham
Bruce Cabot
as Jack Driscoll
Frank Reicher
as Capt. Englehorn
Sam Hardy
as Charles Weston
Noble Johnson
as Native Chief
James Flavin
as Second Mate
George MacQuarrie
as Police Captain
Ernest B. Schoedsack
as Chief Observer
Merian C. Cooper
as Flight Commander
Carlotta Monti
as Girl
Charles Sullivan
as Sailor
Blackie Whiteford
as Sailor
Victor Wong
as Charley the Cook
Sandra Shaw
as Woman Dropped by Kong
Frank Mills
as Reporter
LeRoy Mason
as Theater Patron
Paul Porcasi
as Fruit Vendor
Ethan Laidlaw
as Mate
Roscoe Ates
as Photographer
Vera Lewis
as Theater Patron
Etta McDaniel
as Native Woman
Gil Perkins
as Sailor
Russell Powell
as Dock Watchman
Reginald Barlow
as Engineer
Dick Curtis
as Crewman
Harry Tenbrook
as Sailor


Ernest B. Schoedsack
Merian C. Cooper
Merian C. Cooper
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Ruth Rose
Vernon Walker
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Cheesman
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
David O. Selznick
Executive Producer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Linwood G. Dunn
Special Effects
Edgar Wallace
Short Story Author