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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 29 August 1949 (Sweden)
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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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 ...
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Schultz
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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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Release Date:

29 August 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Joesph 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 nightclub set was based on a real-life club called the Cocoanut Grove, which was located at the famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Goofs

When Jill throws Joe a banana at the beginning, she throws backhanded to her right, but the banana flies to her left and into Joe's right paw. See more »

Quotes

Max O'Hara: [to a table of drunks] Listen you guys, cut out the rough stuff or I'll feed you to the lions. The kid's cigarettes will be on your check. Enjoy yourselves... gentlemen.
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Beautiful Dreamer
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Fun, fast-moving with fantastic special effects
21 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great film about an oversize gorilla (about 10-11 feet), its owner (Terry Moore) and what happens when an unscrupulous promoter Max O'Hara (Robert Armstrong) lures them from Africa to America to become a hit. Let's get the bad stuff out of the way--the story is nothing new; Terry Moore and Ben Johnson are among the worst actors I've ever seen and there's zero lack of characterization among the humans. But when Joe Young appears all is forgiven. He looks great, moves realistically and has incredible facial motions. You can tell exactly what he's thinking by his expressions! Also, the scenes where he's grappling with humans, horses, lions look extremely realistic--that's saying a lot for a film that's over 50 years old! A fun family film. Try to see restored prints--there's a final sequence involving a burning building in which the whole reel is tinted red--very nicely done.


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