Son of Kong (1933)
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as Carl Denham
as Hilda Peterson
as Chinese Cook
as Capt. Englehorn
as Mrs. Hudson
as Girl Reporter
as Servant Girl
as Chinese Trader
as Native Chief
as Witch King
as Process Server
Critic Reviews for Son of Kong
A likable but wholly unnecessary sequel to King Kong.
One of the worst sequels ever produced; a blot on the name of King Kong.
Engaging, small-scale follow-up with great Steiner score.
Audience Reviews for Son of Kong
Horribly ill-conceived, Son of Kong has none of the thrills or amazement that the original had. Trying to stay ahead of a grand jury indictment for the Kong incident, Carl Denham skips town with Capt. Englehorn and heads for the open seas; but the tides soon take him back to Kong's Island when he gets wind of a secret treasure that's hidden there. The script is a real problem and doesn't know where it's going or why half of the time; particularly the ending, which comes out of nowhere. Little Kong is also an issue, as he lacks the fierceness that King Kong had; instead he's played more for laughs. Incredibly disappointing, Son of Kong doesn't deliver any of the excitement or adventure that the first film did.
Considering "King Kong" is one of my favourite movies, I don't know why I put off watching it's immediate sequel for so long. The title character might be an offspring but in quality terms this is a distant cousin. Robert Armstrong returns as showman Carl Denham, now bankrupt and pursued by process servers. Hearing of secret treasure, he returns to Skull Island which seems severely underpopulated by creatures compared to the first movie. The highlight is a fight between Kong Jnr and a giant bear but there's little here to satisfy monster fans. Audiences at the time must have felt so cheated.
While it is a completely unnecessary sequel, it is incredibly fun. It's essentially a continuation of the first, but also a regurgitated plot. Carl Denham, The Skipper and Charlie the cook are all back for a second trip to skull island. Only this time, they meet Kong's albino child who is far more compassionate.
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