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The Son of Kong(1933)

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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: Special Effects, Harry Redmond, Jr.; Assoc sd eff, Walter G. Elliott; Cameramen, Bert Willis, Linwood Dunn, Clifford Stine and Felix Schoedsack; Set decorations, Thomas Little; Costumes, Walter Plunkett; Makeup Supervisor, 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, listing for King Kong.