King Kong

1933

Merian C. Cooper
Director
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Director
RKO Radio Pictures
Studio

The original great ape movie finally makes it to DVD just in time for Peter Jackson's mega-budget remake. While I've always admired the Empire-State-of-the-art special effects I could never see the central relationship working out, I mean, what would her parents say for one thing...?

-The Sloth

Remade twice, (one an awful relic of the Seventies, the other perhaps too reverent of the original), parodied and homaged many times, but never equaled. Whatever its supposed failings, it still resonates with us today, something few 84 year old films or books can say. One of the best films ever made.

Note: Quoting the AFI catalog page: . . .the cast list includes most of the featured bit players in the film, as indicated by daily studio production sheets, as well as selected names of the hundreds of extras who were used in the production. In many cases, actors played double or triple roles, and the above list may not indicate every part played by a given actor.

-Dave W.



7th April 1933
Cinema

Not Rated

125 mins
1.37:1


22nd November 2005
DVD


104 mins
1.37:1


5th December 2005
DVD



104 mins
1.37:1




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Fay Wray
Ann Darrow
Fay Wray
Ann Darrow
Robert Armstrong
Carl Denham
Bruce Cabot
John 'Jack' Driscoll,
First Mate of the Venture
Frank Reicher
Captain Englehorn
Sam Hardy
Charles Weston
Noble Johnson
Native Chief
Steve Clemente
Witch King
(as Steve Clemento)
James Flavin
Briggs,
Second Mate of the Venture
King Kong
The Eight Wonder of the World
Russ Powell
Watchman
Louise Emmons
Old Woman in Line at Mission
Paul Porcasi
Street Vendor
Victor Wong
Charley, the Ship's Cook
Ethan Laidlaw
Mate
Reginald Barlow
Venture's Engineer
Dick Curtis
Venture Crewman
Van Alder
Member of Ship's Crew
Ralph Bard
Member of Ship's Crew
Leo Beard
Member of Ship's Crew
Fred Behrle
Member of Ship's Crew
Roy Brent
Member of Ship's Crew
Harry Claremont
Member of Ship's Crew
Edward Clark
Member of Ship's Crew
John Collins
Member of Ship's Crew
Harry Cornbleth
Member of Ship's Crew
Bill Dagwell
Member of Ship's Crew
Joe Dill
Member of Ship's Crew
James Dime
Member of Ship's Crew
Tex Duffy
Member of Ship's Crew
Shorty English
Member of Ship's Crew
Bill Fisher
Member of Ship's Crew
Larry Fisher
Member of Ship's Crew
Art Flavin
Member of Ship's Crew
Jack Gallagher
Member of Ship's Crew
Frank Gerrity
Member of Ship's Crew
Duke Green
Member of Ship's Crew
Charles Haefeli
Member of Ship's Crew
Charlie Hall
Member of Ship's Crew
Tex Higginson
Member of Ship's Crew / Assistant Director / Taxi Driver
Earl 'Hap' Hogan
Member of Ship's Crew
T.C. Jack
Member of Ship's Crew
Jimmy James
Member of Ship's Crew / Assistant Director
Walter Kimpton
Member of Ship's Crew
Walter Kirby
Member of Ship's Crew
Sam Levine
Member of Ship's Crew
George Magrill
Member of Ship's Crew
Buddy Mason
Member of Ship's Crew
Richie McCarew
Member of Ship's Crew
Al McDonald
Member of Ship's Crew
John Northpole
Member of Ship's Crew
Skeets Noyes
Member of Ship's Crew
Bert O'Malley
Member of Ship's Crew
Jack Perry
Member of Ship's Crew
Jack Saunders
Member of Ship's Crew
Charles Sewell
Member of Ship's Crew
Jack Silver
Member of Ship's Crew
Hugh Starkey
Member of Ship's Crew
Charles Sullivan
Member of Ship's Crew
Walter Taylor
Member of Ship's Crew
William Van Vleck
Member of Ship's Crew
Sailor Vincent
Member of Ship's Crew
Kid Wagner
Member of Ship's Crew
Harry Walker
Member of Ship's Crew
H.R. Warwick
Member of Ship's Crew
Blackie Whiteford
Venture Crewman
Gil Perkins
Sailor
Harry Tenbrook
Sailor
Ruby Dandridge
Native Dancer
Nim Nixon
Native Dancer
Edward Patrick
Native Dancer
T.J. Rankin
Native Dancer
Gus Robinson
Native Dancer
Jim Thorpe
Native Dancer
Jack Best
Warrior
Johnnie Bland
Warrior
John Brakins
Warrior
Everett Brown
Native in Ape Costume
Odel Conley
Warrior
Onest Conley
Warrior
John Davis
Warrior
William Duran
Warrior
Clifford Ingram
Warrior
Al Knight
Warrior
Sam Marlowe
Warrior
Henry Martin
Warrior
Floyd Shackelford
Warrior
Milton Shockley
Warrior
Tobias Tally
Warrior
Roy Thompson
Warrior
Earl Turman
Warrior
John Wade
Warrior
Blue Washington
Warrior
Charles Washington
Warrior
George Washington
Warrior
Ivory Williams
Warrior
Ed Allen
Native
Etta Mae Allen
Native
Kathryn Curry
Native
Nathan Curry
Native
Fanny Donahue
Native
William Dunn
Native
Joe Flourney
Native
Evelyn Garrison
Native
Lawrence Green
Native
Etta Mae Henry
Native
Annie L. Johnson
Native
Walter Knox
Native
Etta McDaniel
Native Woman
Almeta Muse
Native
Alice Nichols
Native
Nathan Perry
Native
A.J. Prather
Native
Tony Shelly
Native
William Solder
Native
Katherine Sparks
Native
Madame Sul-Te-Wan
Native
Ray Turner
Native
Wade Walker
Native
Jack West
Native
Geneva Williams
Native
James Adamson
Native Child
Vivian Dandridge
Native Child
Harold Garrison
Native Child
Irene Henry
Baby
Rena Marlowe
Native Child
Mahlon Potts
Native Child
Malcon Potts
Native Child
Hannah Washington
Native Child
Vera Lewis
New York Theatregoer
Oliver Eckhardt
New York Theatergoer
Bill Williams
New York Theater Usher
Florence Dudley
New York Theatergoer
Betty Burns
New York Theatergoer
Jean Doran
New York Theatergoer
Walter Downing
New York Theatergoer
Harry Duval
New York Theatergoer
Earl Dwire
New York Theatergoer
John L. Johnson
New York Theatergoer
LeRoy Mason
New York Theatergoer
Carlotta Monti
New York Theatergoer
Tom O'Grady
New York Theatergoer
Gay Sheridan
New York Theatergoer
Larry Steers
New York Theatergoer
Helen Worthington
New York Theatergoer
Lillian Young
New York Theatergoer
Harry Bowen
Reporter
Frank Mills
Reporter
Walter Ackerman
Reporter
Frank Angel
Reporter
Jack Chapin
Reporter
Peter Duray
Reporter
Ralph Easton
Reporter
Arnold Gray
Reporter
Eddie Hart
Reporter
Wesley Hopper
Reporter
Harry Mount
Reporter
Frank O'Connor
Reporter
Charles O'Malley
Reporter
Tom Quinn
Reporter
Eddy Reed
Reporter
Edwin Rochelle
Reporter
Russell Saunders
Reporter
Syd Saylor
Reporter
Jack Smith
Reporter
Edward Stevens
Reporter
Roy Stewart
Reporter
Eddie Boland
Reporter / Cameraman
Lynton Brent
Reporter / Cameraman
Paddy O'Flynn
Reporter / Cameraman
James Harrison
Cameraman
Lee Phelps
Cameraman
Roscoe Ates
Press Photographer
Jean Fenwick
New Yorker
Betty Gale
New Yorker
Hazel Howell
New Yorker
Allen Pomeroy
Motorcycle Policeman
Sandra Shaw
Hotel Woman Dropped by Kong
Joe Smith Marba
Elevated Train Motorman
June Gittelson
Woman Being Trampled in Elevated Train
(I think)
Jack Pratt
Voice: Radio Announcer
G. Raymond Nye
Police Captain at Headquarters
Barney Capehart
Pilot
Bob Galloway
PIlot
Dusty Mitchell
Pilot
Russ Rogers
Pilot
Eric Wood
Pilot
George Daly
Machine Gunner
Merian C. Cooper
Pilot of Plane That Kills Kong
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Machine-Gunner on Plane That Kills Kong
George MacQuarrie
Police Lieutenant
Frank Fanning
Police Officer
Timothy J. Lonergan
Police Officer / Usher
Frank Meredith
Police Officer
Harry Strang
Policeman at Headquarters
Monte Vandergrift
Police Officer
Pat Harmon
Gunman
Lew Harvey
Gunman
Harry Keaton
Ballyhooer
Mae Marrin
Ballyhooer
Larry McGrath
Ballyhooer
King Mojave
Ballyhooer
Eddie Sturgis
Ballyhooer
Ivan Thomas
Conductor
Dorothy Gulliver
Girl
Gertrude Sutton
Undetermined Role
Curtiss O2C-2
The Planes. . .the Planes That Got Him
Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes