...All heralding the coming of the Greatest Monster Movie of All Time… “KONG, THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD.”
By Steve Vertlieb: Today is the 89th anniversary of the “Hollywood Premiere” of King Kong in Los Angeles on March 24, 1933.
This classic motion picture debuted in New York City on March 2, 1933 at both the Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy Theaters, then celebrated a lavish “premiere” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on March 24, 1933.
My recent tv guest appearance discussing the cultural significance and generational impact of Merian C. Cooper’s original 1933 production of King Kong at Classic Movies With Ron MacCloskey on New Jersey Public Television has been nominated for a prestigious Rondo Award for “Best Event Of The Year.”
For this Halloween-themed episode of the popular program we explored the cultural significance, history, and legacy of the most famous “Monster” of them all … King Kong … and his nearly ninety-year influence on gorilla films of all shapes and sizes, as well as his career defining impact on the lives and reign of Stop Motion Animation legends, Willis H. O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen. Our spirited conversation both precedes and follows the film segment. Simply click on Classic Movies: “The Gorilla” in order to screen the program. Long Live The “King”.
… Please vote for my recent “King Kong” television appearance at the annual “Rondo Awards” for “Best Event Of 2021.” Find the official ballot at rondoaward.com. Vote for “Talking Kong” with Steve Vertlieb by sending your name and selection to David Colton at [email protected] by midnight on Sunday, April 17th.