King Kong Escapes (1967)

Finally, Svengoolie is showing a Doctor Who movie! Wait, that is Doctor Hu in the 1967 Universal release of the monster/Sci-Fi movie “King Kong Escapes”. The doctor has created a robotic King Kong (Mechani-Kong) to dig for the highly radioactive Element X, only found at the North Pole. The radiation stops the robot so Dr. Hu has to capture the real King Kong to carry out his mission. The doctor is patterned off the James Bond villains, Blofeld and Dr. No.

The movie is directed by  Ishirō Honda (Godzilla, Rodan, The Mysterians, Mothra, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Frankenstein Conquers the World, The War of the Gargantuas, All Monsters Attack, Terror of Mechagodzilla) and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka (Godzilla, Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Ebirah Horror of the Deep, Son of Godzilla,

Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Terror of Mechagodzilla) and Arthur Rankin Jr. (Co-creator of Rankin/Bass Productions with his friend Jules Bass,

he created stop-motion animation features such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, The Hobbit, The Jackson 5ive, The Osmonds, ThunderCats). The movie stars Rhodes Reason (Voodoo Island, Jungle Heat, The Delta Factor),

Linda Miller (The Green Slime, Seven Faces of Man), Akira Takarada (Godzilla, Half Human, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla: Final Wars, 2014 Godzilla), Dr. Hu is Hideyo Amamoto (All Monsters Attack, Return of Ultraman, Street Fighter II: The Movie, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack),

Mie Hama (Bond girl in You Only Live Twice, King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Lost World of Sinbad), Yoshifumi Tajima (Rodan, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, The War of the Gargantuas,

Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla 1985) and Haruo Nakajima as King Kong (played Godzilla in twelve films). The costume for King Kong is ridiculously horrible, I’m not sure what they were thinking. Paul Frees dubbed the voice of Dr. Hu in the American version (The man of a 1000 voices, Disney cartoons,

Boris in Bullwinkle show, both John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1965 The Beatles cartoon series). It is not the best King Kong movie, by far, but it is worth viewing.

I’ll give is 2.25 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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