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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  29 August 1949 (Sweden)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Robert Armstrong ...
Mr. Joseph Young ...
Himself
Frank McHugh ...
Windy
...
Jones
Denis Green ...
Crawford
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Smith
Nestor Paiva ...
Brown
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John Young
Lora Lee Michel ...
James Flavin ...
Schultz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Gordon ...
Old Woman (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

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

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Merian Cooper's amazing adventure in the unusual! See more »


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Release Date:

29 August 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Joseph Young of Africa  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone) (some sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original release of this film, in 1949, was entirely in black and white. In 1986, the "Orphanage fire sequence" was "colorized" -in this instance, a highly effective orange-red color tint was added to replace the original black and white of the sequence. It appears more effective in color and most home video releases now retain the tinted sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Joe makes his first appearance, and starts poking around the wagons containing the lions, watch the background carefully. Immediately to the left of Joe, between him and the far left wagon is a large bush. Just after Joe shoves the wagon the first time a light suddenly shines on the bush (presumably someone had repositioned a spotlight between shots) and from that point on you can see the reflection of Joe and the wagon reflected in what appears to be an unpainted area of the glass painting behind him. See more »

Quotes

Crawford: You can't rope a gorilla!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: Good bye from Joe Young See more »

Connections

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Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
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User Reviews

Charming fantasy
10 April 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

RKO managed to put out a sweet movie, even with the cheesy backdrops (the African scenes) and special effects (they obviously used toy vehicles in one scene). You'll root for the good guys and laugh at the rougish character played by Robert Armstrong as he schemes to get Joe back home. Look for Irene Ryan (who later played "Granny" on the Beverly Hillbillies) in a quick scene in the nightclub.


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