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King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
In Africa, the girl Jill Young trades a baby gorilla with two natives and raises the animal. Twelve years later, the talkative and persuasive promoter Max O'Hara organizes a safari to Africa with the Oklahoma cowboy Gregg to bring attractions to his new night-club in Hollywood. They capture several lions and out of blue, they see a huge gorilla nearby their camping and they try to capture the animal. However, the teenager Jill Young stops the men that intended to kill her gorilla. Max seduces Jill with a fancy life in Hollywood and she signs a contract with him where the gorilla Joseph "Joe" Young would be the lead attraction. Soon she realizes that her dream is a nightmare to Joe and she asks Max to return to Africa. However he persuades her to stay a little longer in the show business. But when three alcoholic costumers give booze to Joe, the gorilla destroys the spot and is sentenced by the justice to be sacrificed. Will Jill, Gregg and Max succeed in saving Joe? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mighty Joe Young was the first movie to feature the work of Ray Harryhausen, where he worked with Willis O'Brien to animate Joe.
A young girl obtains a baby gorilla as a pet, little does she know he will grow up to be a giant. Moving on to the present day, movie producer Max O'Hara manages to talk the now grown up girl, Jill to bring Joe to America and attend some shows over there. While in America, several shows are attended, but it eventually gets too much for Joe and during one show, he goes on the rampage killing several lions and destroying the theatre in the process. An order is then given for Joe to be put down, but they manage to escape with O'Hara's help and succeed. During the escape, Joe rescues some children from a fire at their orphanage, which gets destroyed. He becomes a hero after this. In the end, Jill, her new lover and Joe end up back in Africa happy ever after.
The stop-motion work by Harryhausen and O'Brien is excellent, as is the score.
The cast includes Terry Moore as Jill, Ben Johnson and Robert Armstrong as O'Hara, almost repeating his role in King Kong.
In 1998, Disney remade Mighty Joe Young which had Terry Moore and Ray Harryhausen in a cameo role.
This movie is excellent and I have seen it several times, the first when I was rather young.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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