I was online earlier today when I stumbled across an old memory – via a picture – of the 1933 movie poster for the film King Kong.  When I was younger, somehow or another I procured a copy of this  same poster.  Though I do not know whatever happened to my copy, I still hold an affinity for both the design of that advert and the film itself.

I always felt sorry for Kong.  I mean… think about it.  A creature is minding his own business on a distant island, when one day man decides to capture the beast and display it to the world for profit – not unlike our modern day zoos.  Kong never asks to be thrust into the limelight, so when he is brought to America (New York City of all places) and through chance circumstances runs amok, man has no choice but to gun him down.  

Still, the sheer spectacle of a mammoth gorilla atop the Empire State Building being shot at by planes while holding a screaming damsel (portrayed by the stellar Fay Wray) made for riveting entertainment in 1933, and holds up today as well.  I have gathered several different articles below about the sensational Kong – The Eighth Wonder of the World.  Enjoy!! 

The Monkey and the Metaphor: What Every King Kong Movie Is Really About

‘King Kong’: The Eighth Wonder of the World – NPR

20 Things You Didn’t Know About King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World

Origin of ‘Kong’: The Unbelievable True Backstory of Hollywood’s Favorite Giant Ape

King Kong: The Complete Filmography

King Kong: Every Giant Ape Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

A King Kong for Our Time

102 Best King Kong Images | Film Posters, Movie Posters, Horror Films

King Kong (Original 1933) Trailer [HD] – YouTube

Fay Wray discusses “King Kong”–Rare TV Interview – YouTube

The Theme Park History of Kongfrontation (Universal Studios Florida) – YouTube

FULL RIDE POV Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios Orlando Islands of Adventure – YouTube

King Kong exhibit unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York – YouTube

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April 16, 2019

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