March 2, 1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall. King Kong (1933 film) Original theatrical poster. Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. Produced by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, David O. Selznick (executive) Screenplay by: James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose. Story by: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. Music by: Max Steiner. Cinematography: Eddie Linden, J.O. Taylor, Vernon Walker. Editing by: Ted Cheesman. Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures (Original) Turner Entertainment (Current via Warner Bros.) Release date(s) March 2, 1933. Running time: 105 minutes.
Country: United States. Language: English. Budget: $675,000. Box office: $1,700,000.
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