Hollywood's original "scream queen", Fay Wray, who made her mark by bellowing terror at King Kong, died yesterday in New York. She was 96. A complete obituary is here.
My momories of King Kong revolve around growing up in New York and TV's Channel 9 there, WOR-TV. Channel 9, in my youth, was known for just two things--carrying the Mets and Million Dollar Movie, an odd tradition of running the same movie afternoon from Monday to Friday. (The show's theme was the Tara music from Gone With the Wind--I was in my teens before I knew that lush string melody as anything else.)
Anyway, King Kong was a frequent film on that schedule, so I got to see it pretty often. Later, by my teens and 20s, the station (by now WWOR) began an equally odd Thanksgiving tradition: In an apparent effort to schedule against the football showing on all of the major stations, Channel 9 turned turkey day into Ape Day. They started with Kong in the early afternoon, then segued into Son of Kong, followed by Mighty Joe Young.
Must admit, for a non football-fan like me, it provided some entertainment before and after dinner.