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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
The animated models had to be shot one frame at a time, with minute adjustments between each shot. It often took an entire afternoon to get the 24 exposures needed to fill one second of screen time. The battle between King Kong and the pterodactyl took seven weeks to film. This method of stop-motion photography proved to be a time-honored method of visual effects, and was used for many decades by other effects artists like Ray Harryhausen and Phil Tippett.
Say, is this the moving picture ship?
Watchman: The Venture? Yeah. Are you going on this crazy voyage?
Charles Weston: What's crazy about it?
(at around 1h 30 mins) In the sequence where Kong attacks a subway train in NYC, there is no 3rd rail shown, and no sparks as the tracks are torn up. 600 DC volts would have at least given a bad shock to Kong.
Opening Card: And the prophet said: "And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead." Old Arabian Proverb
Also available in a computer colorized version.