The Son of Kong (1933)

USA, 1933
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Plot Summary

Carl Denham flees New York in the aftermath of the chaos caused by King Kong and returns to Skull Island. There he discovers another giant ape, Kong’s son.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
© MCMXXXIII [1933] RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
A Radio picture. Radio Pictures presents
Executive Producer: Merian C. Cooper
Associate Producer: Archie Marshek
Story by: Ruth Rose
Photographed by: Eddie Linden, Vernon Walker, J.O. Taylor
Edited by: Ted Cheesman
Music by: Max Steiner
[Sound] Recorded by: Earl A. Wolcott
Wardrobe: Maxine Lockwood *, Homer Watson *
Make-up Artist: Al Senetor *
Hairdresser: Mary Kaffa *
Chief Technician: Willis O’Brien
Settings by: Van Nest Polglase and Al Herman

Robert Armstrong as [Carl] Denham
Helen Mack as Hilda [Peterson] 1Mack is credited on screen as Hilda but is only ever referred to in dialogue as Helene
Frank Reicher as Englehorn
John Marston as Helstrom
Victor Wong as Chinese cook [Charlie]
Ed Brady as Red

Alternative Titles

Bnoe Shel Kong – Israel
Il figlio di King Kong – Italy (television)
O Filho de King Kong – Brazil, Portugugal
Le Fils de Kong – France
El hijo de Kong – Mexico, Spain, Uruguaya
King Kongin poika – Finland
King Kongs Sohn – Germany
King Kongs son – Sweden
Kongin poika – Finland (television)
Kongu no fukushuu – Japan
Son of Kong – Germany (video)
O Yios tou Kong – Greece
De Zoon van Kong – Netherlands

Sequel to
King Kong (1933)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996)
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999)
Dinosaur Movies (1993)
Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990)
I’m King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005)



  • American Cinematographer vol.73 no.8 August 1992 pp.67-71 – illustrated credits, article (Sailing back to Skull Island: The Son of Kong by George Turner)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 (1974) p.7 – credits (Frankenstein’s movieguide)
  • The Cinema – Film Booking and Ready Reference Guide 2nd Quarter 1934 p.36 – credits, review
  • Film Heritage vol.9 no.2 (Winter 1973-1974) pp.24 – English
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.3 (October/November 1962) p.31 – illustrated article
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.23 (Autumn 1970) pp.52-53 – illustrated article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.451 (August 1971) pp.259-260 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Picturegoer vol.4 no.161 (23 June 1934) p.26 – review
  • Soundtrack! The Collector’s Quarterly vol.20 no.77 (Spring 2001) p.24 – soundtrack review (Record reviews by Randall D. Larson)


  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector’s Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford pp.9-10
  • Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.35-40
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson p.150 – note
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr p.111
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn p.221-233
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.363
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright pp.103-104 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.451 – credits
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.228 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 by Michael R. Pitts p.298-301
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.78
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.304-305
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.616
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.647-656
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.368-371 – illustrated review (by Vincent Simonelli)
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.100 – credits, review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.176