King Kong (1933)

Theatrical Release: April 7, 1933
DVD Release: March 28, 2006
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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss.
Language: None
Violence: Kong kills several people and animals. Some blood. He puts people between his teeth. He stomps a few humans into the ground. Kong rolls men off of logs to their death on the rocks below.
Drugs: Smoking
Nudity: Cleavage
Occult: A witchdoctor of vodoo wants Ann Darrow to sacrifice to Kong. The tribe is about to sacrifice a girl of their tribe when Ann shows up with the sea party.


Company: Turner Home Entertainment
Writer: James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose
Director: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 104 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter