Review: ‘The Son of Kong’

This is the sequel to and wash-up of the King Kong theme, consisting of salvaged remnants from the original production and rating as fair entertainment.

This is the sequel to and wash-up of the King Kong theme, consisting of salvaged remnants from the original production and rating as fair entertainment.

Story is by Ruth Rose who, with others, worked on the adaptation of the original. It is concerned mostly in building up the explorer’s return to the island of prehistoric animals, which cuts down the actual running time of the trick stuff to perhaps less than 25% of the total footage.

His pop was one tough hombre, but young Kong is lots more friendly. The explorer saves him from destruction in quicksand, so he proceeds to reciprocate. He wrassles and kayoes some bad eggs among the beasts of the stone age jungle while protecting the visiting mortals. The senior Kong was around 50 feet high in his bare tootsies. Junior is a comparative shrimp, standing a mere 25 feet or so, but he can handle himself in a scrap.

Three of the principals, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher and Victor Wong, are holdovers from the original cast. Helen Mack is the girl this time, called upon to be a brave creature, in place of Fay Wray who was directed into doing nothing but screaming.

The Son of Kong

Production

RKO. Director Ernest B. Schoedsack; Producer Merian C. Cooper (exec.); Screenplay Ruth Rose; Camera Edward Linden, Vernon Walker, J. O. Taylor; Editor Ted Cheesman; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Al Herman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 69 MIN.

With

Robert Armstrong Helen Mack Frank Reicher John Marston Victor Wong Ed Brady
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