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Mighty Joe Young (1949), starring Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong

Mighty Joe Young

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Mighty Joe Young (1949), starring Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong

On an expedition to Africa, show business promoter Max O’Hara meets Jill Young. She has raised her pet gorilla, Joe, since she was a child. And the promoter wants to use Mighty Joe Young to promote his nightclub. What could possibly go wrong?

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King Kong 1976 [Jeff Bridges]

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King Kong (1976) starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange

King Kong 1976 the first remake of the original King Kong — and probably the worst of them. That’s not to say there isn’t anything positive to say about it. There is. The makeup by Rick Baker won an Oscar, and deservedly so. The sets, cinematography, music, and acting are all good. But none of that can overcome an essential weakness.

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Kong: Skull Island

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Kong: Skull Island (2017) starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Brie Larson

Synopsis of Kong: Skull Island

In Kong: Skull Island, a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature. A mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between man and monster. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

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King Kong Lives [Cheesy Monster Movie]

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King Kong Lives (1986), starring Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton

Synopsis of King Kong Lives

King Kong Lives is a sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong with a lot of heart – or at least … a heart transplant?  Kong has survived his fall from the twin towers, gets an artificial heart, and goes to rescue a “female Kong” that has been captured and taken to civilization.

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King Kong

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King Kong (1933) starring Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong

To be clear, this is the original King Kong movie, not the 1976 remake, or the more recent remake by Peter Jackson. Both remakes are enjoyable in their own right although I strongly prefer Jackson’s.  This is the original, a movie that is still watched more than 80 years after its original release. There are good reasons for that.

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King Kong Escapes

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King Kong Escapes (1967) starring Mie Hama, Rhodes Reason, Linda Miller, Hideyo Amamoto

King Kong Escapes is, in fact, one of the cheesiest monster movies of all time — with special effects by Rankin-Bass. No, seriously. It’s enjoyable, cheesy fluff that doesn’t take itself very seriously, which is a good thing. The plot is convoluted, but here goes:

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King Kong vs Godzilla

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King Kong vs Godzilla, 1962

No one will mistake  King Kong vs Godzilla for high art …. And that’s fine; it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than enjoyable silliness. It’s two men in rubber suits, fighting in choreographed style — shades of professional wrestling. The movie has a comically foolish executive decide to use King Kong for advertising.  And he decides to bring the real deal to Tokyo. At roughly the same time, Godzilla is released from an icy tomb. He heads back to Tokyo for the inevitable slugfest.

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Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns

In Konga  – a doctor returns from Uganda with a carnivorous plant that he can use to enlarge animals – Konga, the chimpanzee, that he turns into a gorilla — and his own personal tool for murder.

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