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The working title of this film was Jamboree . Although most reviews and other sources refer to the title as Son of Kong , the actual onscreen title is The Son of Kong . In addition, although the onscreen credits of the original release print, as recorded in a studio cutting continuity, list Helen Mack's character name as "Hilda," she is called "Helene" in the film. In later prints of the film, Mack's onscreen character credit is listed as "Helene," while Robert Armstrong's character credit is listed as "Carl," Frank Reicher's as "Skipper" and Victor Wong's as "Charlie." Production on The Son of Kong , a sequel to RKO's 1933 film King Kong , began immediately after the hugely successful release of its predecessor. Many of the animation techniques, including stop-action and miniature rear projection, used in King Kong were also employed in this film. Exteriors for the film were shot on Santa Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, and the Santa Monica pier near Los Angeles, according to studio production files. According to modern sources, recordings of Fay Wray's screaming from King Kong were re-used in this production, as were parts of Max Steiner's King Kong score. Modern sources add the following names to the crew: Spec eff , Harry Redmond, Jr.; Assoc sd eff , Walter G. Elliott ; Cameramen , Bert Willis, Linwood Dunn , Clifford Stine and Felix Schoedsack; Set decorations , Thomas Little; Cost , Walter Plunkett; Makeup supv , Mel Burns; Williams process supv , Frank Williams; Dunning process supv ... More Less

The working title of this film was Jamboree . Although most reviews and other sources refer to the title as Son of Kong , the actual onscreen title is The Son of Kong . In addition, although the onscreen credits of the original release print, as recorded in a studio cutting continuity, list Helen Mack's character name as "Hilda," she is called "Helene" in the film. In later prints of the film, Mack's onscreen character credit is listed as "Helene," while Robert Armstrong's character credit is listed as "Carl," Frank Reicher's as "Skipper" and Victor Wong's as "Charlie." Production on The Son of Kong , a sequel to RKO's 1933 film King Kong , began immediately after the hugely successful release of its predecessor. Many of the animation techniques, including stop-action and miniature rear projection, used in King Kong were also employed in this film. Exteriors for the film were shot on Santa Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, and the Santa Monica pier near Los Angeles, according to studio production files. According to modern sources, recordings of Fay Wray's screaming from King Kong were re-used in this production, as were parts of Max Steiner's King Kong score. Modern sources add the following names to the crew: Spec eff , Harry Redmond, Jr.; Assoc sd eff , Walter G. Elliott ; Cameramen , Bert Willis, Linwood Dunn , Clifford Stine and Felix Schoedsack; Set decorations , Thomas Little; Cost , Walter Plunkett; Makeup supv , Mel Burns; Williams process supv , Frank Williams; Dunning process supv , Carroll Dunning and C. Dodge Dunning. Although some modern sources contend that The Son of Kong was a re-working of a 1927 Tiffany film, The Enchanted Island , starring Henry B. Walthall and Charlotte Stevens (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1528), the two plot lines are only superficially similar. For information concerning the animation techniques used in the production and other films featuring the "King Kong" character, see above listing for King Kong . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Apr 33
p. 4.
Film Daily
30 Dec 33
p. 4.
HF
15 Apr 33
p. 8.
International Photographer
May 33
p. 25, 28
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jan 34
p. 26.
New York Times
30 Dec 33
p. 9.
Variety
2 Jan 34
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir addl scenes
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Settings
Art tech
Art tech
Chief tech
Tech staff
Tech staff
Tech staff
Tech staff
Tech staff
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Chief elec
Asst grip
Props
Still photog
STAND INS
Stuntman
Stuntman
Double for Noble Johnson
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jamboree
Release Date:
22 December 1933
Production Date:
31 March--22 August 1933
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 December 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4401
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69-70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Hounded by reporters, cited as a defendant in numerous lawsuits, and on the verge of being indicted by a grand jury for his involvement in the ill-fated promotion of King Kong, the giant ape, Carl Denham flees New York with his friend, Captain Englehorn, and sets sail for the East Indies. Unsuccessful in their try at the shipping business, Denham, Englehorn and their crew make a stop on the island of Dakang. There they meet pretty Helene Peterson, the sad-luck singer in a traveling show operated by her alcoholic father, and the treacherous Captain Helstrom, who is being investigated by local authorities for the mysterious destruction of his last ship. After Helstrom has a drunken fight with Helene's father, which results in a fire and the showman's death, Helene stows away on Denham's boat, unaware that it is bound for Kong's island. Lured back to the island by Helstrom's stories of hidden treasure, Denham, Helene, Englehorn and Charlie, the cook, are thrown off their boat by a mutinous crew, who have been egged on by the cowardly Helstrom. After reluctantly picking up Helstrom, who also is tossed overboard, the group reaches Kong's island in a dinghy, but is forced by the natives to land on the Skull Mountain side, where prehistoric creatures roam. While exploring the area, Denham and Helene find a baby-sized King Kong and, feeling guilty about the fate of his father, rescue him from a pool of quicksand. Son of Kong protects them from and does battle with various giant creatures, and they in turn bandage his wounded finger. With baby Kong's help, Denham and Helene find the natives' ... +


Hounded by reporters, cited as a defendant in numerous lawsuits, and on the verge of being indicted by a grand jury for his involvement in the ill-fated promotion of King Kong, the giant ape, Carl Denham flees New York with his friend, Captain Englehorn, and sets sail for the East Indies. Unsuccessful in their try at the shipping business, Denham, Englehorn and their crew make a stop on the island of Dakang. There they meet pretty Helene Peterson, the sad-luck singer in a traveling show operated by her alcoholic father, and the treacherous Captain Helstrom, who is being investigated by local authorities for the mysterious destruction of his last ship. After Helstrom has a drunken fight with Helene's father, which results in a fire and the showman's death, Helene stows away on Denham's boat, unaware that it is bound for Kong's island. Lured back to the island by Helstrom's stories of hidden treasure, Denham, Helene, Englehorn and Charlie, the cook, are thrown off their boat by a mutinous crew, who have been egged on by the cowardly Helstrom. After reluctantly picking up Helstrom, who also is tossed overboard, the group reaches Kong's island in a dinghy, but is forced by the natives to land on the Skull Mountain side, where prehistoric creatures roam. While exploring the area, Denham and Helene find a baby-sized King Kong and, feeling guilty about the fate of his father, rescue him from a pool of quicksand. Son of Kong protects them from and does battle with various giant creatures, and they in turn bandage his wounded finger. With baby Kong's help, Denham and Helene find the natives' treasure, but at that moment, an earthquake hits and the group must quickly flee the self-destructing island. After Helstrom is killed by a hungry sea monster while stealing the dinghy, Denham is saved from drowning by little Kong, who dies nobly in the effort. Rescued by a passing ship, Helene then proposes to the treasure-enriched Denham. +

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