Lighthearted quickie sequel to the same year's King Kong. Carl Denham and friends return to Skull Island in search of lost treasure and encounter a white-furred "little Kong," who proves friendly and helpful to them.
Of note is the fact Helen Mack's Hilda proves an able and surprisingly capable female lead and love interest for Robert Armstrong's Denham. Unlike the passive Ann Darrow of the previous film, Hilda is quite active. She pulls her father from a burning tent, and it honestly looks like Ms. Mack really did bodily drag actor Clarence Wilson a good ways, and, no helpless damsel in distress, directly confronts her father's murderer (John Marston's Helstrom, playing just the right mix of evil, stupid and comical) and is unafraid of him and his threats (if anything, her direct manner makes HIM uneasy), and makes her own destiny by stowing aboard the Venture. On the island she never needs rescuing (at least, not any more than the male characters do) and even carries a gun.
This rather strong portrayal of a female character for the time is rather striking, especially coming as it does on the heels of Fay Wray's performance. Whereas Ms. Wray was gorgeous and a talented actress, her Ann was essentially just a prop constantly needing to be rescued, unlike Ms. Mack who while no action heroine is still a more active participant in the adventure, a fact often overlooked by people who tend to write The Son of Kong off as an inferior sequel not worth seeing. It is certainly inferior, but has its good points.