KINGKONG1It was a day for big guys. Four very large guys were chiseled into rock in the wilds of South Dakota – at least their heads were. The 60-foot tall Mount Rushmore portraits of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt (Teddy) were dedicated on this date in 1925. An even bigger (and hairier) guy had his coming out party on the same day in New York City in 1933. New Yorkers thrilled to the strength and agility (not to mention those puppy dog eyes) of that great ape King Kong, all from the safety and comfort of Radio City Music Hall, whose 6,200 seat s were sold out for forty screenings, setting an all-time attendance record for an indoor event.

In the movies, King Kong’s swatting at airplanes from the top of the Empire State Building could be compared with Cary Grant’s swatting at secret agents from Lincoln ‘s forehead in North by Northwest. Director Alfred Hitchcock later admitted: “I wanted Cary Grant to hide in Lincoln’s nostril and then have a fit of sneezing. . . the Department of Interior was rather upset at this thought. I argued until one of their number asked me how I would like it if they had Lincoln play the scene in Cary Grant’s nose. I saw their point at once.”

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