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“It was Beauty killed the Beast.”

From: King Kong (All Versions)

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Carl Denham

The story behind the quote: This quote is actually one of the most misquoted movie quotes ever for one good reason: it sounds like its grammatically incorrect. Still, this quote has been in all versions of King Kong as it perfectly encapsulated the tragic ending of the film.

The quote usually comes at the end of the films. After King Kong climbs a building (usually the Empire State Building but it has been revised in the past to feature the World Trade Center before) with Ann Darrow in tow, planes are sent to shoot the giant ape down. Knowing that Ann will be hurt, King Kong shields the woman with his own body. The “monster” eventually succumbs to the wounds and falls from atop the building. Although the crowds cheered for the creature’s demise, Carl Denham, the man that brought King Kong from Skull Island in the first place, is more sympathetic. While it was indeed the airplanes that shot down King Kong, Carl Denham knows why the giant ape allowed himself to get shot up in the first place…

As mentioned, the quote usually closes out the movie. It was done in the first King Kong movie released in 1933 with Robert Armstrong playing Carl Denham…

…as well as in the 2005 remake by Peter Jackson with Jack Black in the role.

Geek wisdom: People will do some imaginable things for their loved ones as they will try their best to protect and shield them from any possible harm. Love can be that powerful.

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