At this year's MONSTERPALOOZA in Burbank, CA, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on KING KONG on the occasion of his 80th "birthday". Bob Burns was on hand and graciously showed off the last remaining complete armature of a King Kong animated model. I had the distinct pleasure of briefly touching the steel frame that at one time was the skeleton that held together a figure used in the making of the most famous monster movie of all time. At the conclusion of the discussion a birthday cake was wheeled out and the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!
Here is the final installment of the KING KONG Filmbook from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #27. It indludes more fantastic pre-production drawings and another fine shot of the armature used in the animated model.
This is the second part of The Kong of Kongs, the KING KONG Filmbook,from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #26. The title is most likely derived from KING OF KINGS, a popular epic film about Jesus from the early 1960's.
This installment shows pre-production shots, a shot of the the armature of Kong's hand, and a still from the famous lost "spider sequence".
Not really -- but I couldn't help but to fantasize a bit after seeing the cover of this January 1927 issue of the French periodical La Vie Parisienne. Can you imagine, though: Our Lady of the Masks, the Patron Saint of Topstones?
Eighty years ago, on 7 April 1933, RKO's KING KONG premiered in New York and, for a lot of people who went to see it, the world was never the same. One example is a young Ray Harryhausen, who was literally transformed after seeing the film and devoted the rest of his life to stop-motion animation and making fantasy adventure films. Two others whose lives were influenced to a great degree were Ray Bradbury and Forrest J Ackerman. Ackerman even proclaimed in a later issue of his FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine that he had seen it 100 times! In issue #25 of FM began a three-part Filmbook, The Kong of Kongs. FM ran many of Filmbooks, and this one was one of the better ones. In honor of KING KONG's 80th anniversary, MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD will post the entire KING KONG Filmbook over the next three days. The tale unfolds in today's installment. Besides reliving the great movie in narrative form, the text was accompanied by many photos that were considered rare in the day. Forry brought to bear his vast collection of Kong memorabilia for this series, making it one of the best Filmbooks ever seen in the pages of FM.