Thursday, April 7, 2016

"King Kong" released in 1933

The original motion picture "King Kong" was released April 7, 1933 to record crowds, essentially bringing RKO back from the edge of bankruptcy. It grossed $90,000 its first weekend, which was a record at that time.

Over time, the movie has been edited to delete some clips, but most of them have been restored.  All except one: the man-eating spiders.  When the movie was first released, the scene where King Kong knocks sailors off a log and into a ravine where they are eaten alive by giant monsters upset many of the movie-goers and many left the theatre.  The director Merian C. Cooper removed the clip the very next day.  This clip has never been found.  For the remake in 2005, Peter Jackson recreated this scene magnificently. 

Here is Jackson's recreation:

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