King Kong climbing the Empire State Building is one of the best known scenes in world cinema. Even though the building and the movie are inseparable, the filming took place in a studio and the building roof where the giant ape takes the lovely Ann Darrow (Fay Way) is quite different from the real one. By way of anecdote, the directors, Merian Caldwell Cooper and Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack, play the pilots of the planes fighting the huge primate. It’s rather symbolic that the creators put to death their own creature even if one of the movie characters claims,"It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast." King Kong’s metal frame used in this mythical scene was sold at an auction for more than $134,000 in 2009.
Photos of Empire State Building taken by Fantrippers at Empire State Building
Scenes of King Kong in which Empire State Building appears
Articles linking Empire State Building
Fantrips including Empire State Building