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King Kong

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  King Kong Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.57 /10
Robert Armstrong , Fay Wray , Bruce Cabot
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Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Written by: James Creelman, Ruth Rose from Edgar Wallace’s story

Released: 1933
Origin: US
Length: 100

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“There is not in the whole of King Kong ... one single moment which makes my blood run cold. It is just amusing nonsense punctuated by such reflections as why, if the natives want to keep the monster on the other side of that wall, they should have built a door big enough to let him through. And why he doesn't climb it, anyhow. On the night I saw this film there was a great deal of laughter provoked by palpable absurdity.” (James Agate, Tatler)
"The scenario writers sought to unite two rather widely separated traditions of the popular cinema - thriller and sentimental romance. The only difference was that they failed to realize that such a union was possible only by straining our powers of credulity and perhaps also one or two fundamental laws of nature. For if the love that Kong felt for the heroine was sacred, it suggests a weakness that hardly fits in with his other actions; and if it was... merely profane, it proposes problems to the imagination that are not the less real for being crude."
(William Troy, Nation)
“The masterstroke was, of course, to delay the great ape’s entrance by a shipboard sequence of such humorous banality and risible dialogue that Kong can emerge unchallenged as the most fully realized character in the film.” Wally Hammond, Time Out)

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