Archive for King Kong

The Most Exciting Original Motion Picture Event of All Time! (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 
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“No one cry when JAWS die. But when the monkey die, people gonna cry. Intellectuals gonna love Kong; even film buffs who love the first Kong gonna love ours. Why? Because I give them no crap. I no spend two, three million to do quick business. I spend 24 million on my Kong. I give them quality. I got here a great love story, a great adventure. And she rated PG. For everybody.” .

                             — Dino De Laurentiis / TIME Magazine ’76

 
I remember the pre-release publicity blitzkrieg for Dino De Laurentiis’ much ballyhooed remake hitting big in the fall of ’76, mostly because I remember the back to school shopping where I pitched one helluva fit to get a tablet with a picture of a royally pissed off Kong shredding through a giant wall.
 
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I had no idea who John Berkey was back then, but I think we can all agree that if the finished product had turned out just half as good as his promotional artwork, we’d all probably have fonder memories of the 1976 version of King Kong instead of the lingering aftertaste of the giant turd-burger it turned out to be. But the eternal question still remains: Just what the hell is that smoldering thing Kong is holding in his other hand? It started life as a jet, right?
 
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Right.

 
Anyhooo … Over the subsequent years since I finally saw its broadcast premiere as a movie of the week, my feelings on this film have softened a bit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still no damned good but it can be watched and enjoyed and celebrated for its myriad of faults. From Jessica Lange’s vapid Dwan, to Jeff Bridges’ proto-Dude, to Lorenzo Semple’s groan inducing, male chauvinist pig ape script, to the Big D’s failure to deliver the goods, F/X wise, and Rick Baker’s noble but ultimately futile attempts to bail them all out, one can only watch and boggle at how bad it is. Yeah, I’m still a little bitter and peeved about the lack of other monsters on Skull Island. I mean…
 
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What? A giant snake? That’s it?

 
Where the @#%* were the dinosaurs? He’s supposed to wrassle dinosaurs, not a giant phallic symbol! You already covered that at the wall with that big greasy pole and the giant glory hole made of reeds and palm fronds! Okay, maybe I’m still a whole lot of bitter and peeved about that.
 
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Ah well, at least I’ll always have my Burger King collectible glasses.
 
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King Kong (1976) Dino De Laurentiis Company :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Federico De Laurentiis, Christian Ferry / P: Dino De Laurentiis / D: John Guillermin / W: Lorenzo Semple Jr. / C: Richard H. Kline / E: Ralph E. Winters / M: John Barry / S: Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Ed Lauter

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And the Academy Award for Best Actor Goes To… (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Vintage News Articles with tags , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 
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Your Friends Will Go Ape Over this Cocktail — Believe It or Not! (February, 1977)

Posted in 1970-1979, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 
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Put a Little Kong in Your Pants (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 
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Second Run Showcase :: A Prehistoric Mountain of Hair and Muscle (August, 1933)

Posted in 1930-1939, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 

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Other Points of Interest:

First run King Kong ads at the Morgue.

Full film review of King Kong at 3B Theater.

The poster campaign for King Kong at the Archive.

King Kong (1933) RKO Radio Pictures / EP: David O. Selznick / P: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / D: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / W: James Creelman, Ruth Rose, Edgar Wallace (story) / C: Eddie Linden, Vernon Walker, J.O. Taylor / E: Ted Cheesman / M: Max Steiner / S: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Noble Johnson

The Two Mightiest Monsters of All Time! (July, 1963)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

 

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Needless to say, when I found the first ad for the titanic title bout between King Kong and Godzilla I got a little excited.
 

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When I found the second ad, needless to say, I was a little concerned about the repeater, but figured, hell, we were heading for the weekend and building toward something really and truly special…
 

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Well, shit.

 

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Hrrrrmmmnnn … Trumped by Connie Francis. Nertz. Welp, hopefully, when it recycles to the Drive-In the ads will be a little more dramatic. And varied. And until I find those, check out these super-cool ads for the same film at the equally super-cool Friends of Marty Melville archive.
 

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for King Kong vs. Godzilla at the Archive.

King Kong vs Godzilla (1962/1963) Toho:: John Beck :: RKO General Pictures :: Universal International / P: Tomoyuki Tanaka, John Beck (American Version) / D: Ishirô Honda / W: Shinichi Sekizawa, Bruce Howard (American Version), Paul Mason (American Version) / C: Hajime Koizumi / E: Reiko Kaneko / M: Akira Ifukube / S: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Akihiko Hirata, Mie Hama

Signs of the Season :: A Genuinely Fine Movie for Your Christmas Happiness (?!?) (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , on December 22, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

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Drive-In Mash-Up :: Get Set for the BIGGEST Pre-Memorial Day Marathon Ever! (May, 1969)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of King Kong Escapes at 3B Theater.

The poster campaign for King Kong Escapes at the Archive.

 

Before He Comes … A Week Long Assortment of Hidden King Kong Teasers (April, 1933)

Posted in 1930-1939, Movie Ads, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He Comes … Out of the Past … Thundering … Crashing … Uncontrollable…(April, 1933)

Posted in 1930-1939, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of King Kong at 3B Theater.

The poster campaign for King Kong at the Archive.

King Kong (1933) RKO Radio Pictures / EP: David O. Selznick / P: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / D: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / W: James Creelman, Ruth Rose, Edgar Wallace (story) / C: Eddie Linden, Vernon Walker, J.O. Taylor / E: Ted Cheesman / M: Max Steiner / S: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Noble Johnson