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Images of KING KONG: 1933, the Japanese Interpretations and the American Remakes

"KONG THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD". He roars in fluent Japanese and sells Gasoline. A look at the different versions of "King Kong" that went by that name.


On March 7, 1933 New Yorkers saw their city in panic from a giant gorilla named Kong. Depending upon the sequence of the picture his size varied. He was either 18, 24, 50, or 70 feet tall. In short one hell of an ape.  The above date was the premier of the motion picture "King Kong" co-produced and co-directed by the team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The original story was by Cooper and mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

In the practice still shown next of the mechanical hand used for King Kong. Fay Wray is seen being held in it's palm. Wray was 5 feet 3 inches in height. So consider how large King Kong must be in relation to her. For this scene to work the 1933 Kong has to be at least 70 feet tall. Most people consider him to be only …