Long Lost Print Of KING KONG Discovered In London Cinema
(Note: This is a reprinting of a previously published article from my archive)
It seems that a rare print of the 1933 classic film "King Kong" has turned up in a rather unlikely place, buried in the wall of a London cinema.
During recent renovations to the Grosvenor Cinema, a worker named Ross McMillan was working on knocking down a partition wall in the projection room when he noticed something odd looking in the rubble. To his amazement he discovered that it was a copy of "King Kong." Not just any copy, mind you, a copy that has been missing from the vaults of RKO for more than seventy years. An original print, that may very well contain scenes cut out of the film, including the long-lost Lizard and Spider canyon sequences.
Mr McMillan said: “I didn’t know what it was at first, I hoped it was hidden treasure but when I realised it wasn’t I was about to throw it in the skip.
“One of the cinema staff stopped me and took it away to find out what it was.
“When I heard it was an original version of King Kong, one favourite movies as a kid, I couldn’t believe it.”
Interestingly enough, when the cinema's projectionist contacted Universal, the company that now owns the rights to the film, about the find, he was informed that since the movie wasn't returned on time, way back in 1934, there were some £43,000 in late fees. However, the studio was more and willing to waive the bill just to get the prized copy of "Kong" back into their collection.
As a special added bonus, the Grosvenor Café & Cinema will be able to screen the long lost print in celebration of it's renovation.
My source for this article was the BBC News
And now the rest of the story ...
Lost KING KONG Print May Not Be As Old, Or Rare, As First Believed
Alas, I hate to be the one to dash every ones hopes, but the copy of the film that sat in a wall for decades waiting to be unearthed, may not be what was advertised.
The print that was discovered is indeed old, and somewhat rare, but further examination has revealed that the film stock is composed of celluloid and not nitrate means that it probably dates back to the 1950s, not the 30s as first reported.
If this is indeed true, any hopes of this copy of "King Kong" containing any rare footage or deleted scenes is slim to none.
It seems that during all the excitement caused by the discovery of an old copy of such a classic film, no one really took the time to examine it to find out exactly what they had in hand.
There is an interesting rumor emerging that suggests one of the Grosvenor Cinema's (the theater where the film was discovered) past employees hid the film so that they could come back and steal it later.
No one knows if that is the case or not.
For now, fans can find some joy that a piece of cinema history has been found, even if it doesn't contain certain items that have been lost for decades.
My source for this article was the BBC News
(First published in October 2010. Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with us!)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has released their movie schedule for Halloween 2019. In my opinion this is one of the best line-ups of cla...
Ashly Anderson Age: 22 years young Born: Sunday 28th of July 1996 Birthplace: Enterprise, Alabama, United States Hair color: Brown E...
Tom Welling, Lynda Carter and Burt Ward Returning To Their Iconic Superhero Roles For WB's 'Crisis On Infinite Earths'From Cosmic Book News WB is going all out for their upcoming Arrowverse Crisis On Infinite Earths event as Tom Welling and Lynda Carter...
... and possibly other nasty stuff (reverse engineered from UFO technology in all likelihood) and ... this is the important part ... have...
Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Patricia Tallman / Suzi Lorraine / Mr. Lobo / Rachel Grubb / Shannon McDonough The other day, last Friday t...
It appears that MeTV really cares about their viewers opinions. Back in April of 2018 I wrote an article entitled " MeTV Super Sci-F...
From Yahoo UK Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she will be returning for Jason Reitman’s new Ghostbusters movie. She didn’t stop ther...
From The Playlist When it comes to Quentin Tarantino’s involvement (or lack thereof) with a potential “Star Trek” film, it seems as if ...
From EW Director Michael Dougherty has teased the designs of the outsized beasts featured in his upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Mo...