You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla!

on December 25, 2008 by Steve Simels

True fact: For many years -- beginning in the mid-Sixties, and ending sometime in the Eighties -- WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York City used to broadcast an ape movie marathon every Thanksgiving afternoon. Specifically -- the original King Kong, its sequel Son of Kong, and the wonderful Mighty Joe Young (which was made by the creative team behind Kong).

If truth be told, this never made a lot of sense -- frankly, what the hell was the connection between apes and the Pilgrims? I mean, it's not like showing It's a Wonderful Life at Christmas -- and the practice was never, to my knowledge, ever explained to anybody's satisfaction. But I think I speak for everybody in the Tri-State Metropolitan Area when I say that after a while we thought of the annual Holiday Ape-athon as a beloved tradition, one that we missed when it was no longer observed.

That said, and since things are going to be a tad slow around here today for obvious reasons, I thought it might be nice to start a similar Christmas ape tradition here at BOXOFFICE. In that spirit, then, I give you a classic 50s performance by the incomparable Nairobi Trio.

I'm sure you'll agree that, truly, these were the greatest apes of all.

Merry Christmas, folks, and be sure to stop by tomorrow when Weekend Cinema Listomania makes its traditional Friday appearance.


Tags: King Kong, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, It's a Wonderful Life, Nairobi Trio

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