In 1991, the third year of the National Film Registry, the Registry welcomed that big ape known as “King Kong” to its list. Though the film has since been remade–three times and counting–to many fans, nothing has surpassed the original in terms of thrills, heart and humanity.
Film historian and “Kong” devotee Michael Price said of the first “Kong”:
“‘King Kong’ is the product of a remarkable group of daredevils, artists, and craftsmen. Imagination and skill gave a Depression-crushed world an entertainment that RKO–Radio Pictures called ‘the stuff for which movies were made!'”
Title: “King Kong”
Year of Release: 1933
Year Added to the National Film Registry: 1991 (See all films added to the Registry in 1991.)
Trivia: On its opening weekend, “King Kong” grossed $90,000 a record up to that time. Adjusted for inflation, that would be over $17 million in 2018 dollars.
This blog post is the first of third in our “30 Years of the National Film Registry” series which was launched to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Registry. The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. The 30th National Film Registry selections will be announced on December 12, 2018.