The Son of Kong (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 – Israeli title
Il figlio di King Kong – Italian television title
O Filho de King Kong – Brazilian title, Portuguese title
Le Fils de Kong – French title
El hijo de Kong – Mexican, Spanish, Uruguayan title
King Kongin poika – Finnish title
King Kongs Sohn – German title
King Kongs son – Swedish title
Kongin poika – Finnish television title
Kongu no fukushuu – Japanese title
Son of Kong – German video title
O Yios tou Kong – Greek title
De Zoon van Kong – Dutch title

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)


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , 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