MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 26 this week

Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  29 August 1949 (Sweden)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 3,108 users  
Reviews: 60 user | 20 critic

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 »

Writers:

(screenplay), (from an original story by)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 32 titles
created 05 May 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 24 Dec 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 01 Feb 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 19 Jun 2014
 
a list of 36 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mighty Joe Young" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Mighty Joe Young (1949) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mighty Joe Young.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The men who captured the giant ape King Kong, return to his island and find his equally gigantic, but far more friendly, son.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry
Western | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson
King Kong (1933)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Giant Octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The great lover Don Juan comes to the assistance of his queen.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas
Them! (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse
Stars: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ten Terrific Thrills ! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 August 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Joseph Young of Africa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone) (some sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Mighty Joe Young gets frustrated, he pounds the ground with his fist. Ray Harryhausen was inspired to do this by the scene from King Kong (1933) where Kong pushes open the gates, then forcefully brings his hand down. See more »

Goofs

When Joe pushes the truck free, his shadow is cast against the "distant" landscape, revealing it to be a backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Max O'Hara: Am I dreamin', or did I just see a gorilla? And a beautiful dame!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Africa See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cheers: Woody for Hire, Meets Norman of the Apes (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly Excellent Movie and with Awesome Special Effects
3 May 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 (Robert Armstrong) organizes a safari to Africa with the Oklahoma cowboy Gregg (Ben Johnson) 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 (Terry Moore) 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?

"Mighty Joe Young" is a surprisingly excellent movie, with a story that entwines drama, romance and adventure and with awesome special effects for a 1949 movie. I bought this DVD a couple of years ago, but I was expecting a lame rip-off of King Kong based on the awful Brazilian title. However, the plot is engaging, with lots of emotions and many plot points and Joe's runaway is spectacular. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Monstro de um Mundo Perdido" ("Monster of a Lost World")


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Wrestlers Grendel1950
My first Monster Grendel1950
does joe die pvmay31
Mighty Joe Young LadyFadjur
DVD Coming 11/22/05 TimViper1
The tramp dougm90248
Discuss Mighty Joe Young (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?