|Son of Kong. Courtesy: British Film Institute and Effie Holdings|
RKO Pictures rushed out this engaging sequel to King Kong
in the same year to capitalise on the original's box office success.
Absurdly anthropomorphized, Kong Junior is not the symbol of potent blackness his father had been, but a means for exploring central character Carl Denham's sense of guilt for Kong's death in the first movie.
Although missing much of the sexual edginess of the first film, Ruth Rose's script is peppered with sardonic one-liners, and celebrated composer Max Steiner returns with another impressive score.