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starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
screenplay by James Creelman and Ruth Rose, from a story by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper
chief technician: Willis H. O'Brien
by Bryant Frazer Critics of a certain age point to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and George Lucas's Star Wars as the two new-style blockbusters that changed the course of moviemaking. It's meant as a backhanded compliment to those films, whose high-concept efficiency appealed to huge audiences worldwide--and to younger viewers, it comes off as a geriatric complaint from Grandpa Sarris: "Get off my lawn, you kids with your laser guns and your killer sharks." In truth, while Spielberg and Lucas altered the economics of the industry, they didn't invent the modern blockbuster. That legacy stretches back to 1933, when the release of King Kong defined the studio tentpole for decades to come.