The Carbon Arc Podcast Episode 4: King Kong Escapes (1968) With Guest Bob Madison.

In the latest episode of The Carbon Arc Podcast, Bob Madison and I start with King Kong Escapes (1968) and somehow make our way through Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Batman to Jim Backus, Paul Frees and George C. Scott.

From the late 70s into the 80s, WOR-TV in New York used to run this as part of a Thanksgiving monster marathon.

Be sure to look into Bob’s young adult novel, Spiked, available on Amazon.



Filed under 1968, Eiji Tsuburaya, George C. Scott, Ishirō Honda, Jim Backus, Kaiju Movies, Paul Frees, Podcasts, The Carbon Arc Podcast, Toho, Universal (-International)

3 responses to “The Carbon Arc Podcast Episode 4: King Kong Escapes (1968) With Guest Bob Madison.

  1. john k

    Why do we like the movies everybody else hates?
    Toby & Bob those movies; people that you discuss have more
    fans out there than you may think.
    KING KONG ESCAPES played in the UK as the co feature
    to CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER …..something for everything
    I think.

    This has always worried me about myself-the OTHER-
    CHANGELING Clint Eastwood’s film depressed the hell out of me as all films about people who get a raw deal do. I left the
    cinema, as I walked to the bus station there was a storm a moody
    miserable night-I felt suicidal but on the other hand I felt
    like I had had a really great time…..go figure.


    • You’re so right, John. The Internet has shown us all that there are more people interested in oddball stuff than you’d ever imagine. That’s what has driven these blogs all along — folks like us who follow stuff most folks don’t even know exists.

      I’ve been really stoked about all the 30s crime picture talk. Gonna start digging around to see what I can find.


  2. Walter

    Toby and Bob, I really enjoyed your podcast on KING KONG ESCAPES(1967/68). Listening to both of your delightful reminiscences brings back a flood of good memories for me.

    I’ve been a King Kong fan ever since I first viewed the Rankin/Bass animated series KING KONG in 1966 on ABC-TV. I first recall viewing KING KONG ESCAPES on Memphis, Tennessee’s WREG Channel 3 LATE MOVIE in 1977. I’d put in eight hours working in a factory that day and was relaxing at home, viewing Friday night tv. It was a night of CBS affiliate station WREG Channel 3, out of Memphis, Tennessee. First up a CBS Drama Special THE PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK(1977) followed by a rerun of THE BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES(1973) on THE FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE. Later on that night the WREG Channel 3 LATE MOVIE showed KING KONG ESCAPES and what a fun entertaining movie it was. Yes, it was made for kids, but I still enjoyed it. Fact is, your podcast makes me want to see it again.

    I fondly recall viewing the first airing of Rankin/Bass’ RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER in December, 1964 on a Sunday afternoon on NBC-TV brought to you by General Electric. We knew that Christmas was on its way when RUDOLPH aired and later on the Norelco Razor sledding Santa commercials were shown during the show and they seemed to go together.

    If my memory serves me right, the Saturday following my first viewing of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER , I first recall viewing MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL(1962). We didn’t have a tv when it first aired, but in 1963 we did have one, but I don’t think I saw MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL until it was shown as a special hour long episode of the Saturday night NBC-TV series THE FAMOUS ADVENTURES OF MR. MAGOO(1964-65). So, my earliest memories of Christmas Shows are the wonderful RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL.

    Thanks for the memories and I look forward to the next podcast.


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