King Kong

  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Producers: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Story, Merian C Cooper, Edgar Wallace
  • Genres: Adventure, Romance
  • Actors: Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

The film opens in New York City, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. Having lost her job as a vaudeville actress, Ann Darrow is hired by troubled filmmaker Carl Denham to be an actress in his new motion picture against the famous and popular actor Bruce Baxter. With time running out, Ann signs on when she learns her favorite playwright Jack Driscoll is the screenwriter. As the SS Venture sails across the ocean, they slowly fall in love. As for Carl, a warrant is out for his arrest and Captain Englehorn begins to have second thoughts, following the fears of his crew over the legend of Skull Island. Despite his attempt to turn around, the ship is sucked up into fog and crashes into one of the encircling rocks.

Carl and his crew explore a seemingly deserted village against a wall. As they explore, Carl spots a native girl and offers her chocolate but she attacks, and Carl and the crew realize the village isn’t deserted. Then, a member of Carl’s film crew gets impaled by a spear, Ann notices and screams, a roar beyond the wall responds and the crew are attacked by the natives. The matriarch vows to sacrifice Ann to “Kong”. Just as Carl is about to be killed, Englehorn and the sailors break up the attack and return to the damaged ship. They finally lighten the load on the ship to sail away, until Jack discovers Ann has been kidnapped. On the island in a sacrificing ceremony, Ann is tied to a wooden drawbridge by the natives and lowered to the other side of the wall across a moat-like ditch in the ground. The crew arrived armed, and started killing all the natives. But are too late as Kong appears to claim Ann, and glares back at Carl, and then disappears with Ann into the jungle as Carl watches from the opposite side of the wall. A rescue party is organized, and Captain Englehorn gives them 24 hours to find her. In the meantime as Kong holding Ann moves quickly through the jungle and shakes her around, Ann discovers the remains of the previous sacrifices, and stabs Kong’s hand with her ceremonial necklace, much to Kong’s surprise. Hearing the rescue party approaching, Kong grabs Ann as she tries to run from him and takes her deeper into the jungle.

Kong eventually stops Jack’s taxi, knocking Jack unconscious, he then sees Ann down the street, which calms him down before he can kill Jack. They share a quiet moment on a frozen lake in Central Park then are interrupted by the military. Kong heads to the Empire State Building and climbs to the top. While observing the dawning day, Kong repeats the sign for “beautiful” Ann had used in his lair, causing a shocked Ann to realize his intelligence. Before Ann is able to attempt further communication, they are again attacked by the military. Kong makes his last stand against the Curtiss Helldivers,[3] on the summit of the observation spire, downing three of them. Ultimately, Kong is hit by several bursts of gunfire from the surviving planes, and gazes at a distraught Ann for the last time before falling off the building to his death. Jack finally reaches Ann and comforts her. In the aftermath, hundreds of people and reporters run to Kong’s lifeless body and look in amazement. A man tells Carl that the airplanes got him. But Carl says, “It wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.”

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

  • Directors: John Ford
  • Producers: Merian C Cooper, Lowell J Farrell, John Ford
  • Writers: James Warner Bellah, Frank S Nugent, Laurence Stallings
  • Genres: Western
  • Actors: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Victor McLaglen, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr

On the verge of his retirement at Fort Starke, a one-troop cavalry post, the aging US Cavalry Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles (John Wayne) is given one last patrol, to take his troop and deal with a breakout from the reservation by the Cheyenne and Arapaho following the defeat of George Armstrong Custer. His task is complicated by being forced at the same time to deliver his commanding officer’s wife and niece, Abby Allshard (Mildred Natwick) and Olivia Dandridge (Joanne Dru)), to an east-bound stage, and by the need to avoid a new Indian war. His troop officers, 1st Lt. Cohill (John Agar) and 2nd Lt. Pennell (Harry Carey, Jr.) meanwhile vie for the affections of Miss Dandridge while uneasily anticipating the retirement of their captain and mentor. Rounding out the cast are Capt. Brittles’ chief scout, Sgt. Tyree (Ben Johnson), a one-time Confederate cavalry officer; his First Sergeant, Quincannon (Victor McLaglen); and Major Allshard (George O’Brien), long-time friend and C.O.

After apparently failing in both missions, Capt. Brittles returns with the troop to Fort Starke to retire. His lieutenants continue the mission in the field, joined by Capt. Brittles after “quitting the post and the Army”. Unwilling to see more lives needlessly taken, Capt. Brittles takes it upon himself to try to make peace with Chief Pony That Walks (Chief John Big Tree). When that too fails, he devises a risky stratagem to avoid a bloody war.

King Kong

  • Directors: Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack
  • Producers: Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack, David O Selznick
  • Writers: Story, Merian C Cooper, Edgar Wallace, Screenplay, James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

The film starts when Carl Denham, a film director who is famous for shooting animal pictures in remote and exotic locations, is unable to hire an actress to star in his newest project and so wanders the streets searching for a suitable girl. He chances upon unemployed Ann Darrow, as she is caught trying to steal an apple. Denham pays off the grocer then buys Ann a meal and offers her the lead role in his latest installment. Although Ann is apprehensive, she has nothing to lose and eagerly agrees.

They set sail aboard the Venture, an old tramp steamer that travels for weeks in the direction of Indonesia, where Denham claims they will be shooting. Despite his ongoing declarations that women have no place on board ships, the ship’s first mate Jack Driscoll is obviously becoming attracted to Ann. Denham takes note of the situation and informs Driscoll he has enough trouble without the complications of a seagoing love affair. Driscoll sneers at the suggestion, reminding Denham of his toughness in past adventures. Denham’s reply outlines the theme of both the movie he is making and the one in which he is a character: “The Beast was a tough guy too. He could lick the world, but when he saw Beauty, she got him. He went soft. He forgot his wisdom and the little fellas licked him.”

Kong finds Ann and carries her to the top of the Empire State Building. The military dispatches four Curtiss Helldiver biplanes to destroy Kong. The ape gently sets Ann down on the building’s observation deck and climbs atop the dirigible mooring mast, trying to fend off the attackers. He manages to swat one plane down, but in the end he is mortally wounded by machine-gun fire and plummets to his death in the street below. Denham picks his way to the front of the crowd, where a cop remarks “Well Denham, the airplanes got him.” Denham replies, “It wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”