This week Svengoolie continues the month of “Febru-Hairy” with “King Kong vs. Godzilla.” The movie is a 1962 Japanese Toho Studios film that got a US theatrical release from Universal Pictures International in 1963. The film is directed by Ishiro Honda and stars Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Mie Hama, Shoichi Hirose as King Kong, and Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla. John Beck, who sold the script originally titled “King Kong vs. Prometheus” to Toho Studios, was given rights to create a version for non-Asian countries. He successfully found a distributor with Universal Pictures International. Beck hired two writers, Paul Mason and Bruce Howard, to help with the script that essentially edited the original version for the US audience. This included adding in scenes with Michael Keith portraying both a UN reporter that comments on the action and the curator of the Museum of Natural History that attempts to explain the origins of the monster Godzilla.
The action of the movie starts when a pharmaceutical company wants to use King Kong to boost their TV ratings so they go to retrieve the beast from Faro Island. At the same time an American submarine accidentally crashes into the block of ice that currently has Godzilla imprisoned sufficiently waking him up to cause havoc once again. After much city destruction and girl nabbing the heroes of the movie decide to lure Godzilla and King Kong to Mt. Fuji for the ultimate fight to the death cage match. Will Godzilla defeat King Kong with his atomic breath or will the hairy ape put Godzilla back to sleep? Watch Svengoolie Saturday night to find out!