Director: Merian C. Cooper / Ernest B. Schoedsack
So, last week Stuart sent me a link to a doc on YouTube to watch. It was, roughly, a 3-part series on King Kong (1933) and the impact of the film over decades. I texted him 15 minutes in to the first part and said "there's no way I don't wind up watching Kong this weekend", and, indeed, I'm a man of my word.
We all have our foundational films, and King Kong, in it's very roundabout way, is one of mine.
Growing up in the 1970's and 80's, and in the wake of the 70's monster craze, Kong was more or less a household name, concept, etc... Everyone had an idea of King Kong as a giant ape liberated from an island who winds up in Manhattan and wreaks havoc, winding up atop the Empire State Building.
My first exposure to Kong's full story was in a hard-back book my dad read to me (and, I assume, my brother) when I was about 5. Only later would I learn it was an official novelization worked on by no less than Merian C. Cooper, director of the film.