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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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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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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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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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The night club set was based on a real-life night club called the Cocoanut Grove, which was located at the famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. See more »

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When Joe makes his first appearance, and starts poking around the wagons containing the lions, watch the background carefully. Immediately to the left of Joe, between him and the far left wagon is a large bush. Just after Joe shoves the wagon the first time a light suddenly shines on the bush (presumably someone had repositioned a spotlight between shots) and from that point on you can see the reflection of Joe and the wagon reflected in what appears to be an unpainted area of the glass painting behind him. See more »

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Crawford: You can't rope a gorilla!
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Closing credits: Good bye from Joe Young See more »

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Excellent gorilla adventure
12 July 2004 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Mighty Joe Young was the first movie to feature the work of Ray Harryhausen, where he worked with Willis O'Brien to animate Joe.

A young girl obtains a baby gorilla as a pet, little does she know he will grow up to be a giant. Moving on to the present day, movie producer Max O'Hara manages to talk the now grown up girl, Jill to bring Joe to America and attend some shows over there. While in America, several shows are attended, but it eventually gets too much for Joe and during one show, he goes on the rampage killing several lions and destroying the theatre in the process. An order is then given for Joe to be put down, but they manage to escape with O'Hara's help and succeed. During the escape, Joe rescues some children from a fire at their orphanage, which gets destroyed. He becomes a hero after this. In the end, Jill, her new lover and Joe end up back in Africa happy ever after.

The stop-motion work by Harryhausen and O'Brien is excellent, as is the score.

The cast includes Terry Moore as Jill, Ben Johnson and Robert Armstrong as O'Hara, almost repeating his role in King Kong.

In 1998, Disney remade Mighty Joe Young which had Terry Moore and Ray Harryhausen in a cameo role.

This movie is excellent and I have seen it several times, the first when I was rather young.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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