King Kong
Frank Buck was a friend of Merian C. Cooper, one of the producer-directors of King Kong, and served as a model for the jungle film maker Carl Denham (played by Robert Armstrong) who brings Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) to Skull Island in the movie.

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Carl Denham photographs a native ritual on Skull Island

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(Top row, right) Screen test on the boat to Skull Island with Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) wearing her Beauty and the Beast costume.

Carl Denham

Look up slowly, Ann. That's it. You don't see anything. Now look higher. Still higher. Now you see it. You're amazed. You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, Ann, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you, Ann, no escape. You're helpless, Ann, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. But your throat's paralyzed. Try to scream, Ann. Try. Perhaps if you didn't see it, you could scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann, scream for your life.

(Fay Wray emits a horrific scream.)

First Mate Driscoll (Bruce Cabot)

What's he think she's really gonna see?

After the airplanes shoot King Kong off the Empire State Building, Carl Denham explains to a police officer what really killed the giant ape.

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When theatrical agent Charles Weston (Sam Hardy, right) expresses his misgivings about procuring an actress, Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong, left) makes a sly allusion to Frank Buck.

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