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Not very subtle.

“Am I the story of the Negro in America?
Well then I must be King Kong.”
―Hellstrom, Hicox, Hellstrom

King Kong is a pre-Code 1933 American monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace.


The film tells of a gigantic, island-dwelling ape called Kong who dies away from home in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman.

In Inglourious Basterds[]

In the La Louisiane tavern, sgt. Hugo Stiglitz wrote the name of the film/character on Gestapo Major Dieter Hellstrom's card. Hellstrom correctly deduces the name of the character.


  • King Kong was one of Adolf Hitler's favorite movies.
  • Right before writing the name on Hellstrom's card, we see a flashback of Stiglitz being whipped, which connects to the slave allegory of the film.

Behind the scenes[]

When Major Dieter Hellstrom reasons out that his card says King Kong, he is giving Quentin Tarantino's analysis of the movie as an allegory of the American slave trade. He explained this analysis in an interview on NPR with Terry Gross.[1]