People: Apr. 25, 1983

In the years since the release of the Merian C. Cooper classic King Kong, time has taken its toll on the beast and his splendid art-deco perch. The Empire State Building is no longer the world's tallest building, and King Kong is not the young buck he used to be either. This month, to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary, these two critical elements of the beauty-and-the-beast tale were reunited: a ten-story, 3,000-lb. inflatable Kong (at 84 ft., more than 30 ft. taller than the original) was hoisted a quarter-mile in the air to his...

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