Welcome everbloody to a colorized Moldie Oldie Monday here at the Dungeon. Tonight we gots a great RKO follow up to KING KONG starring the great Joel (SADDLE TRAMP) McCrea, Fay (DOCTOR X) Wray, Leslie (CHAMBER OF HORRORS) Banks and Robert (THE SON OF KONG) Armstrong!
This classic plot is very simple... An insane hunter arranges for ships to be wrecked near his island where he can then indulge in the hunting and killing of the passengers as sport.
Music is by super heavyweight Max Steiner, Max had 250 composing credits beginning in 1916!! Some of the movies he worked on are CRACKED NUTS, PEACH-O-RENO, THE MONKEY'S PAW, THE SON OF KONG, SHE, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY, THE GAY SISTERS, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, THE FOUNTAINHEAD, THE JAZZ SINGER, THE CAINE MUTINY, THE SEARCHERS, A SUMMER PLACE and THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS!
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Joel plays Bob Rainsford, the world's most famous game hunter. Here, him and his friends have their cruise interrupted by a reef!
Bob is the only survivor, one friend was eaten by a shark! He makes his way up a hill where he sees a huge stone mansion.
Bob shows himself in and eventually gets to meet Fay Wray, as Eve Trowbridge, who with her brother, were also shipwrecked and stranded on the island!
Here's a nice closeup of Fay to show how beautiful the lady was, requested by Eegah!!
Robert Armstrong plays Martin Trowbridge, the two-fisted drinking brother of Eve. Leslie Banks plays Russian Count Zaroff, owner and master of the island. In actuality, his men set the bouys in the wrong position, causing boats to end up on the reef, for nefarious reasons...
An American lush has no soft spot in the heart of the Count, and Martin is dead by the next morning. Hunting accident!
Bob and Eve do a little exploring of the mansion on their own...
They find some things they shouldn't know about...
And, get caught, what else?!
The big guy in the gold shirt is the awesome black actor, Noble Johnson, in white face, playing the intimidating... Ivan!
Bob keeps tripping up the Count, so the Count calls out his hunting dogs to even the playing field.
Some of the KING KONG sets were reused for this film.
The Count corners Bob and Eve near the falls. The Count shoots at Bob, and Bob goes over the edge! Eve is devistated.
Gee, I thought you were dead!.. I was just playing a happy tune on the old pee-nano!
Judging by what he has just lived through, and then what he does to the Count and his pals after all that, well, Bob is surely one tough mutherfucker!! Check out this most excellent backbreaker he puts on a poor henchman! No, really, he breaks the dude's back!!
Bob gets the key to the boat, but has to polish off one last lackey with his pistol before him and Eve can leave the wicked island.
Critically wounded, the Count makes one last attempt to threaten Bob and Eve as they make their escape in his motor boat, but then falls out his third story window to join his beloved hunting dogs below! Poetic justice to be sure...