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King Kong

Hollywood's most famous monster movie in which Kong, the giant gorilla, is taken from his prehistoric island home to be exhibited in the music halls of Manhattan. The brilliantly executed tale of beauty and the beast set new standards in film-making and provided some of cinema's most powerful and lasting images.

Release date:

1 hour, 40 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Sep 2013 21:00

The Soundtrack

King Kong was one of the first Hollywood talkies to feature an incidental music score - earlier, it was assumed audiences would need to see musicians actually on screen.


The orchestral score is by Max Steiner, a true great of the genre who also composed the soundtracks for Gone With the Wind and The Big Sleep.


You can find out more about the great orchestral score in episode one of Neil Brand's BBC Four series Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies.


King Kong will be available on BBC iPlayer as part of the Sound of Cinema season until Sunday 22 September 2013.


Role Contributor
Ann DarrowFay Wray
Carl DenhamRobert Armstrong
Jack DriscollBruce Cabot
Capt EngelhornFrank Reicher
Charles WestonSam Hardy
Native ChiefNoble Johnson
Ernest B Schoedsack
DirectorMerian C Cooper
ProducerMerian C Cooper
WriterRuth Rose