KING KONG (1933; ca. 1938 re-release)


Vintage original 10 x 8″ (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Kong, dir: Merian C. Copper, Ernest B. Shoedsack; RKO. The brilliant, unsurpassed original. No matter the advancements in filmmaking technology, it was the technology, writing, music, photography, lighting, artistry and special effects of 1932 that made this story work — then, and to this day. It has inspired all subsequent filmmakers and is still magical. A superb re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast legend. Its very first weekend release yielded $90,000, which was the biggest weekend box office up to that time.

Presented here is still labeled “K-ADV-130, R 601-94”, an iconic collage still of Kong atop Skull Island, Fay Wray in his hand, battling the giant ancient bird. This particular still was likely printed for the 1938 RKO re-release of the film. Kong was one of the very few big studio films which would be given several re-releases by its original studio before starting television showings in 1956. Very light creasing at the left corner. NEAR FINE.

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