1933 King Kong Movie ~ Empire State Building New York ~ Animal Rights
Do you remember when the original King Kong movie of 1933 thrilled and amazed audiences world-wide? Will you ever forget King Kong's sad demise atop the Empire State Building in New York? Would animal rights groups allow this to happen today?
This was one of the most successful movies of its time and re-runs of that King Kong black and white film have been viewed countless times since its debut.
Re-makes of the King Kong movie have also been made over and over again to thrill new audiences. One of the more successful ones in recent years was in 2005.
King Kong movies have been impressed upon the minds and hearts of several generations of people with this fantastic story.
Were any of you rooting for King Kong as I did when I first saw the movie? Did you shed a tear when he was shot down from the Empire State Building and killed?
King Kong movie poster
King Kong Movie
Newer technology has transformed the King Kong movie from the early days of how monsters were portrayed.
The audiences back then were just as enthralled and terrified by the sights and sounds...perhaps as much or even more than today.
Our imaginations were allowed wider latitude to fill in some blanks with those older King Kong films.
We envisioned colors and fine details in our "mind's eye."
Nothing seemed lacking.
Of course for younger people who did not start out with black and white television or black and white movies and have always known the colorized versions, this old original King Kong movie might even seem to be a bit funny.
Personally I like the original 1933 movie. I also liked the 2005 King Kong movie.
Today those King Kong movies as well as other dated versions can be purchased and seen in the comfort of one's home environment.
KING KONG - The Original 1933 Radio Advertisement
Empire State Building in New York
King Kong 1933 (Re-release Trailer)
"It was beauty killed the beast."
King Kong Synopsis
For those that might not be familiar with this love story...yes this is a love story on several levels... a film crew sets sail on the S.S. Venture to a mysterious island in the Indian Ocean.
Ann Darrow is the heroine played by Fay Wray in the original movie.
She falls in love (and vice versa) with the 1st mate on the ship, Jack Driscoll played by Bruce Cabot.
The crew is led by the person doing the filming on the island, Carl Denham, who is played by Robert Armstrong.
Once they reach "Skull Island"...so named due to the outward look of the place (that in itself is a bit creepy!) they find natives who capture our heroine to offer her as a sacrifice for the monster who reigns there who is known as Kong.
Kong (King Kong) is part gorilla and part monster of giant proportions.
Instead of ravaging our heroine, King Kong actually ends up saving her from other terrors on the island.
Giant snakes to fierce dinosaurs of several types keep him in constant action with regard to protecting her.
Naturally all this while, the ship crew mates are also endeavoring to rescue Ann and many of them lose their lives in the process.
At one point with King Kong pursuing Ann and her human rescuers, they get through the jungle and almost get to the safety of their ship.
Gas bombs are launched and temporarily subdue Kong.
It is decided by Carl Denham to take King Kong to Broadway New York and put him on exhibit as the 8th Wonder of the World.
He escapes, causes much damage to people and buildings in New York and finds Ann with whom he had developed an attachment...perhaps even love .
Naturally people are chasing him and King Kong escapes to the top of the Empire State Building clutching Ann in his large over-sized paw.
It is decided to shoot him down from the air and that is how (after carefully placing Ann near the top of the building) King Kong meets his death.
King Kong was removed from his natural environment and displayed as a spectacle to be gawked at by New York Theater attendees.
It still makes me sad to think of King Kong's tragic ending.
Quite a story! Don't you agree?
Location of Empire State Building in New York
Broadway New York
Broadway should never have been the setting to display King Kong shackled as he was in chains!
While seeing such a large monster type of being would definitely have satisfied the curiosity of many theater goers, was this a correct thing to do?
Realizing that this was merely a film and remakes of that tall tale have been resurrected in movie form over the subsequent years since 1933, the tragic ending does raise questions.
Obviously King Kong was the figment of a fertile imagination.
But what if he had been real?
How should we treat fellow inhabitants of this earth? Do we have the right to take them out of their natural environments and treat them as curiosities?
Sadly, in this day and age, due to loss of habitat and other mitigating circumstances, sometimes zoos are the only safe way to preserve a species from total annihilation. I wish that were not the case.
It is wonderful to see that many zoos and their zoo keepers are trying to provide as much space and replicate the best possible environments that aptly suit the animals more normal living conditions. Gone are the days for the most part of small cages and steel bars where onlookers can stare at caged or chained animals.
In the case of King Kong...it is no wonder that he wanted to escape his bonds and find freedom.
If in fact an animal like King Kong were captured and treated as he was, hopefully animal rights activists in this day and time would rally and come to his rescue and demand more humane treatment.
King Kong's freedom sadly and ultimately came from his death.
Do you remember when King Kong climbed the Empire State Building in New York? Did the King Kong movie touch your heart as it did mine?
© 2010 Peggy Woods
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