The plot follows a director on pursuit of adventure in order to produce his film. In doing so he, the crew and Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) are faced with a myth that comes to life, Kong! During the course of the film it becomes apparent that Ann's beauty has captured the heart of Kong, after several fights with pre-historic creatures to protect her, Kong is rewarded only by Ann being rescued/running away from him. It is then when the director decides to gas Kong and bring him back to New York City to be known as 'The Eighth Wonder of the World'. During opening night all hell breaks loose as Kong escapes, frantically in search of Ann. When found he climbs to the top of the Empire State building and is then shot down by military aircraft. The last line of the film pacts a punch as the director exclaims 'It was beauty that killed the beast!'
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Cooper, Merian and Schoedsack, Ernest (1933) King Kong Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kingkongposter.jpg (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Figure 2. Cooper, Merian and Schoedsack, Ernest (1933) Kong fighting with dinosaur. At: http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2007/08/king-kong-film-dvd-review/ (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Figure 3. Cooper, Merian and Schoedsack, Ernest (1933) Fay Wray 'Scream Queen'. At: http://www.life.com/gallery/46871/image/2638114/stars-who-acted-with-monkeys (Accessed on:1/11/11)
BBC Almar Haflidason (2001) King Kong (1933). At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/01/30/king_kong_1933_review.shtml (Accessed on:1/11/11)
New York Times Review Mordaunt Hall (1933) King Kong (1933) A Fantastic Film in Which a Monstrous Ape Uses Automobiles for Missiles and Climbs a Skyscraper. At: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F03E3DC173BEF3ABC4B53DFB5668388629EDE&partner=Rotten Tomatoes (Accessed on:1/11/11)
Empire Kim Newman (unspecified date) Empire Essay: King Kong. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=116908 (Accessed on:1/11/11)