King Kong

Hull Daily Mail Journalist Ian Midgley jokingly said he’d play King Kong for Hullywood Icons at the beginning of the project – he put a call out in the Hull Daily Mail to borrow a Gorilla suit – to no avail. Then my good friend Helen Baldwin said she had one – all we needed was a  ‘wriggler’ to bring King Kong to Hullywood so here we have Ian Midgley as Kong and Lucy Joy as Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Many thanks to Lucy Joy for being available to do the shoot at incredibly short notice. Hair by Sarah Clayton at Hair Majesty.

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King Kong is a 1933 American pre-Code monster film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933, to rave reviews. It has been ranked by Rotten Tomatoes as the greatest horror film of all time and the twentieth greatest film of all time.

The film tells of a gigantic, prehistoric, island-dwelling ape called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. King Kong is especially noted for its stop-motion animation by Willis O’Brien and a groundbreaking musical score by Max Steiner.

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