Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), the man who brought King Kong to
New York City is being sued by the city for all the death and
destruction caused by King Kong. He decides to pack up and skip
town to avoid all the trouble. He meets up with his old friend,
Captain Englehorn (Frank Reicher) and together decide to sail away
They dock on a small South Pacific island and meet Hilda (Helen
Mack), who is performing in a small "circus", headed up
by her father. Unfortunately for everyone, a down and out loser by
the name of Helstrom (John Marston) is also on the island. He ends
up in a drunken fight with Hilda's father and kills him. The only
one who knows what happened is Hilda, and Helstrom tries to scare
her into silence. When he can't persuade her to keep quiet, he
decides to flee the island.
Helstrom meets Denham and Englehorn in a bar on the island. He
convinces Carl Denham and Captain Englehorn to sail off to Kong
Island in pursuit of treasure. Helstrom had dealings with Denham
before, so Denham is a little suspicious, but goes forward with
the treasure hunt. About the time the men set sail, Hilda pleads
with Denham to take her with them. He refuses, telling her that
she should not be mixed up with them, that the trip could be
dangerous. She has other plans and becomes a stowaway.
The adventurers reach Kong Island, but before they can set foot
on the island, Helstrom convinces the crew to maroon Denham,
Englehorn, and Hilda. The crew, on the other hand, decide to
include Helstrom in that marooned party. The Chinese cook, Charlie
(Victor Wong) joins the group of his own free will.
The tiny band of adventurers land on the shore of Kong Island,
only to be greeted by the local natives and told to leave or else!
The group, having nowhere else to go, turn around and find another
spot on the island to land. This time they end up deep in the
interior of the island.
Denham and Hilda set off to scout out the island. They
immediately come across Baby Kong, who is stuck in quicksand.
After some convincing by Hilda, Denham helps Baby Kong get out of
his predicament. This act of kindness is rewarded when Kong ends
up being Denham's and Hilda's "guardian angel." He fends
off a cave bear and dinosaurs.
While Denham and Hilda are searching for the treasure, the rest
of the group get holed up in a cave when a dinosaur tries to eat
them for lunch. Eventually they escape and rejoin the rest in
search of the treasure. At that point Helstrom's lies are found
out and Helstrom runs off towards the boat. He ends up getting
eaten by a dinosaur. The captain, Charlie, and Hilda end up with
the boat. Just when you think its safe, and earthquake starts to
destroy the island, so the little group sets off to save
Meanwhile Denham finds the treasure (with the help of Baby
Kong). That is when the earthquake hits and he and Baby Kong try
to save themselves. The whole island starts to sink into the sea.
Baby Kong continues to protect Denham. At the very end, Kong gets
his leg caught and is going down with the island. In a last
desperate act, he holds Denham up above the water until the group
in the boat come to Denham's rescue.
The adventurers end up being picked up by a passing ship and
presumably end up living happily ever after.
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