King Kong (1933)
Master showman Carl Denham has fallen on hard times due to the depression, and mounts an expedition to the mysterious Skull Island to find another showpiece. He takes along adventurer Jack Driscoll and the down-on-her-luck gorgeous blonde Ann Darrow with him to spice up the show. Arriving on the island, they discover it is home to gigantic beasts like dinosaurs, and ruling over all is Kong, a 30 foot tall gorilla. The natives kidnap Ann as a sacrifice for Kong, and the other crew members head into the dangerous island interior to rescue her.
This classic film may be tame compared to some contemporary movies, but the viewer should not let the 1933 release date fool him/her. Young children no doubt could be affected by Kong chewing on people in close-ups, and by the dinosaurs and large snake and other creatures on Skull Island which cause terror. Kong also picks up a woman from her bedroom apartment as he searches for Ann Darrow. Once he sees the woman is not Ann, he simply drops her several stories to her death. The giant ape also bleeds at the end of the film after the attack of the airplanes. In fact, the large dinosaur he defeats in the movie bleeds profusely after he breaks its jaws. The special effects for the day were spectacular and due to some fine acting by Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, this film still holds up pretty well. Its status as a classic is well deserved. This film is recommended for ages twelve and up. It’s nice that a movie from so long ago can still move people and stir up feelings of sympathy.