Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by Ruth Rose. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson, Helen Mack and Frank Reicher. 70 minutes. Black and white.
This film was made immediately after King Kong (1933) as a small-scale sequel. The hero returns to Skull Island and discovers Kong's son "Little Kong", a 20ft (6m) white ape with all the characteristics of a friendly puppy. Various prehistoric Monsters including Dinosaurs appear and wreak havoc – one being killed by Little Kong – before an earthquake and volcanic upheaval destroy the island. The ape saves the hero by holding him above the flood waters until help arrives. There are good special effects by Willis H O'Brien, but the film is too obviously a rush job to cash in on the success of the original, whose mythic resonance this lacks. [JB/DRL]
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