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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

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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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Gregg
Robert Armstrong ...
Max O'Hara
Mr. Joseph Young ...
Himself
Frank McHugh ...
Windy
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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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gorilla | hollywood | africa | lion | cowboy | See more »

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

(RCA Sound System)

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(Sepiatone) (some sequences)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The strongmen who appeared in the "tug-of-war" scene with Joe were all professional wrestlers. They were: Sammy Stein, Slammin' Sammy Meneker, Max the Iron Man, Bomber Henry Kulky, Killer Karl Davis, Rasputin the Mad Russian, Wee Willie Davis, Man Mountain Dean, The Swedish Angel, and Primo Carnera. Carnera had briefly been the World Heavywight Boxing Champion. Dean, Kulky, and Davis also had careers in movies and TV. See more »

Goofs

Max O'Hara challenges Mighty Joe Young with a tug of war against ten of the strongest men alive. Each man demonstrates a feat of strength as they are introduced with a different prop each is holding or wearing. Chains are ripped apart, crowbars and long steel bars are bent, a phone book ripped in half, a large wooden post broken, steel bands snapped off of bulging biceps. After the individual introductions are done the men are shown again as a group and you can see the props are all back to their original state. This is just a repeat of the previous shot of the group before they had a chance to mangle their props. See more »

Quotes

Max O'Hara: Come on, Windy, I got a million things to do.
Windy: You got time for this.
[turns on movie projector. Jill and Gregg come into the scene]
Max O'Hara: Hey, it's the kids!
Windy: Crawford told me to spring it on you. He shot it when he was down there.
Max O'Hara: [calling to the screen] Hey, Jill.
Jill Young: [silently] Hello Max.
Max O'Hara: Hey, they said "Hello, Max".
Max O'Hara: [Joe walks into the scene. O'Hara steps back] *Yipe*.
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Crazy Credits

"And Mr. Joseph Young As Himself" See more »

Connections

Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
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A Wonderful Film
1 May 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

When many people bring this film up, many of them want to compare it to its predecessor King Kong. However, if they would let this film stand on its own they would see that this is a good film about a young girl and her pet gorilla. Joe is almost childlike and is even lovable. Also, the human cast is fine especially Terry Moore and Robert Armstrong in what pretty much is a repeat of his role of impresario Carl Denham in the original Kong.

But, lets not forget the special effects. Willis O'Brien and his protégé, a young Ray Harryhausen do a remarkable job with Joe. The pretty much show him as being a more rounded character than Kong and you can see the aforementioned childlike qualities they bring to him. This is definitely a great film.


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