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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 29 August 1949 (Sweden)
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A young woman who has raised a giant gorilla from an infant brings him to Hollywood years later seeking her fortune in order to save her family's ranch.

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Mr. Joseph Young ...
Himself
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Windy
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Jones
Denis Green ...
Crawford
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Smith
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Brown
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John Young
Lora Lee Michel ...
James Flavin ...
Schultz
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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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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)

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(Sepiatone) (some sequences)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "cowboys in Africa" sequence in this film used footage originally shot to be used in a planned but not completed follow-up to King Kong (1933), "The Valley of Gwangi". That film (as The Valley of Gwangi (1969)) was eventually made by Ray Harryhausen. See more »

Goofs

Max is sitting typing in his tent in Africa, a servant exits the tent, pulling back the net in front of the opening. For a brief moment a hand is visible pulling the net out of the shot. 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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Closing credits epilogue: Good bye from Joe Young See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
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Written by Stephen Foster
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"Am I dreamin' or did I just see a gorilla?"
31 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An African girl (Terry Moore) is best friends with a twelve-foot tall ape named Joe she grew up with. American promoter Max O'Hara (Robert Armstrong) persuades the girl to bring her ape to America to take part in his show. You can pretty much guess how this will go wrong even if you haven't seen King Kong.

First big role for Ben Johnson as a cowboy who falls for Moore. He's pretty wooden here but then again he was a fairly wooden actor throughout his career. He does his usual John Wayne, Jr. routine. Lots of "Yassir" and "Ah reckon" type stuff. Robert Armstrong plays a role very much like Carl Denham from King Kong, although a little more comedic. Terry Moore is more Helen Mack than Fay Wray. That is to say she's cute but not much screen presence.

Re-teaming of many of the King Kong team for a story that is very similar to that film, although different enough to keep this from being considered a remake. The story is mostly kid stuff and fluff but cute nonetheless. The Willis O'Brien/Ray Harryhausen special effects alone are worth checking this movie out.


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