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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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Complete credited cast:
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Robert Armstrong ...
Mr. Joseph Young ...
Himself
Frank McHugh ...
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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
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Mary Gordon ...
Old Woman (unconfirmed)
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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 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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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Sepiatone) (some sequences)|

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Trivia

Terry Moore claims that another actress was already hired for the role of Jill. She claims that she got the role by running to the end of the RKO lot and back after Ernest B. Schoedsack asked her, and claims that she was then hired on the spot. See more »

Goofs

At the end when Jill throws a banana to Joe, Joe catches the "banana" but the actual banana thrown can still be seen flying past Joe See more »

Quotes

Nightclub patron: [condescendingly to her escort as they are being led to an upstairs table] And I thought you knew every headwaiter in town.
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Closing credits: Good bye from Joe Young See more »

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Worthy Follow-Up to King Kong!
29 September 1999 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully entertaining slant on "King Kong" by Kong's creators, Cooper and Schoedsack (along with John Ford). Much better than Kong's 1934 sequel, "Son of Kong", which was hurriedly made. The creators put a lot of thought and effort into this worthy follow-up and it shows. More superb special effects from Willis O'Brien as technical director, featuring the budding talents of protege, Ray Harryhausen.


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