Son of Kong (1933)

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The Son of Kong is a 1933 American adventure film/monster movie produced by RKO Pictures. Directed by Ernest Schoedsack and featuring special effects by Buzz Gibson and Willis O'Brien, the film starred Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack and Frank Reicher. The film was a sequel to King Kong which was released just 9 months earlier. The story picks up about a month after the dramatic finale of the previous film and follows the further adventures of filmmaker Carl Denham (again played by Robert Armstrong), now implicated in numerous lawsuits following the destruction wrought by Kong. Denham leaves New York with the captain of the "Venture", Captain Englehorn (Frank Reicher), who is certain it is just a matter of time before he is similarly served. Their efforts to make money shipping cargo around the Orient are less than successful. In the Dutch port of Dakang, Denham is amused to see there's a "show" being presented, so he and Englehorn attend. It turns out to be a series of performing monkeys, capped by a song ("Runaway Blues") sung by a young woman named Hilda (Helen Mack).

Review

Quicky sequels are rarely pretty. Son of Kong, rushed out the same year as the inimitable King Kong, proves the point. As cheap as the original was, this sequel is exponentially cheaper. It’s also ridiculously lacking in the story department (explorer Carl Denham returns to Kong’s home island to escape the fallout of, you know, a giant monkey destroying New York, only to discover, you guessed it, the son of Kong — and they become friends). It’s not just a trite story, it’s also weak in the monster department: The son of King Kong appears 43 minutes into the 69 minute film. Completely safe to skip.

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