It's a question audiences have been asking since 1933, so I thought this would be the perfect place for it :) Even Peter Jackson decided to side-step this particular issue in his remake.

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How did they get "King Kong" back to New York?

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The 1933 movie doesn't show how King Kong was transported, but according to the script:


They possibly towed the raft with the ship, all the way to New York.
(Maybe Peter Jackson thought using a raft is a silly idea and therefore didn't include it in his version)

However, the raft idea was used in King Kong vs. Godzilla:


In the 1976 version they used an oil tanker to transport Kong:

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    You are quick! In the 1976 version, Kong throws a tantrum in the hold of the ship at about 97 minutes in, and Jessica Lange falls through the grate into the hold while trying to calm him. It was my understanding that Peter Jackson followed the 1933 version scene by scene, so if there was nothing in 1933, there wouldn't be in Jackson's version.
    – MJ6
    Commented Nov 18, 2012 at 21:04
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    @MaryJoFinch Nice comment, but you're quite wrong that Jackson followed the 1933 version "scene-by-scene". He was certainly in love with the original, but that didn't stop him from adding things and making changes. I believe he even shot a jokey answer to this question, but I can't find it now :-/ Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 1:26
  • @MaryJoFinch - Interestingly Naomi Watts did star in movie that was a shot-for-shot remake two years later (Funny Games)
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 10:17

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