If Gertrude Olmstead ranks as my 20’s cutie, then its fair to say that when it comes to the 30’s, her equivalent for me is Fay Wray. I know, some might assume it would be Jean Harlow, but in truth, the name thing is more down to a supposed resemblance than anything more. The older Harlow, as I’ve said before, I can see it, but the younger Jean Harlow, I only wish.
To be quite honest, my favourite ‘scream’ film involving Fay would be the Wax Museum one, but lets face it, the one that most people would know her for, is King Kong. In fact, because of all the special effects (quite something in 1933) involved in King Kong, she actually made Wax Museum, and Doctor X in between filming sections of King Kong!
Anyway, this afternoon, I went to check on what options I had on TV, and there I spotted it, King Kong being shown! In truth, beyond the most famous scenes, I dont remember actually seeing the whole movie. Fine, I still havent, as I missed the first 25 minutes before I went looking to see what was on, but 70 minutes or so is still certainly the most I’ve ever seen of it.
By modern standards, the special effects are probably good, but nothing more. But given what they had available to them back in 1933, quite something. Oh, and yes, Fay certainly had a fine pair of lungs when it came to screaming, that is for sure. And yes, she puts them to fine work here, not for the only time, of course. I’m not going to bother telling the story of the film at this point, it should be pretty well known by most, and if you dont, you can probably get a better description on Wikipedia, or IMDB anyway, than I could give you.
But yes, I cant deny it, that having Fay Wray screaming loudly in my living room did amuse me, even if it wasnt me causing her to do so. Oh fine, if you offered me the chance to make the 1933 Fay Wray scream like that in a ‘certain’ way in my living room, I doubt I would decline the opportunity, lol!
To point out, this was the original pre-code version, so there is plenty of violence, and killings, and like in this, which was sanitised for later audiences, and in truth, unnecessary violence really isnt my thing, but fine, I was only really watching for Fay, so… But it was an interesting look at special effects, and what could be done in 1933, thats for sure.
OK, video time. I believe at the time, this was the most expensive video ever made, and its not hard to see why. I suspect inflation has seen it drop down that list, but even now, I suspect its one of the more expensive ones. Of course, Michael Jackson never had financial concerns, so…