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Ruth Rose (screenplay)
Merian C. Cooper (from an original story by)
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Release Date:
29 August 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Ten Terrific Thrills ! See more »
In Africa, the girl Jill Young trades a baby gorilla with two natives and raises the animal. Twelve years later... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Terry Moore ... Jill Young

Ben Johnson ... Gregg

Robert Armstrong ... Max O'Hara
Mr. Joseph Young ... Himself

Frank McHugh ... Windy

Douglas Fowley ... Jones
Denis Green ... Crawford
Paul Guilfoyle ... Smith
Nestor Paiva ... Brown

Regis Toomey ... John Young
Lora Lee Michel ... Jill Young, as a Girl
James Flavin ... Schultz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Gordon ... Old Woman (unconfirmed)
Iris Adrian ... Gloria (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Diner Customer (uncredited)
Pat Barton ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Ian Batchelor ... Strongman (uncredited)
Sharon Bell ... Girl (uncredited)
Luella Bickmore ... Nurse (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Costume Designer (uncredited)
James Burke ... Producer (uncredited)
Primo Carnera ... Strongman (uncredited)
Kay Christopher ... Nurse (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... McManus - Police Guard Moran (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Deputy (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Doctor (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Alice (uncredited)
Frank Conroy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carol Coombs ... Girl (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Nurse at Orphanage (uncredited)
James Craven ... First Man at Bar (uncredited)
Tom Daly ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Strongman (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Strongman (uncredited)
Man Mountain Dean ... Strongman (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... First Bartender (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Mary Field ... O'Hara's Secretary (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron Behind Drunks (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Tall Native (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Waiter (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Deputy (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Girl (uncredited)

Dwayne Hickman ... Boy (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Carol Hughes ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Deputy (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Judge (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Robert Johnson ... Ali (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Diner Proprietor (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Strongman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Deputy (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Producer (uncredited)
Richard Lane ... City Attorney (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Deputy (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... McTavish (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Third Bartender (uncredited)
Gregory Marshall ... Boy (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Bascomb (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Red - Cowboy (uncredited)
George McDonald ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Cowboy (uncredited)
David McKim ... Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Hal Melone ... Bank Messenger (uncredited)
Sammy Menacker ... Strongman (uncredited)
Peggy Miller ... Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Girl (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Anne Nagel ... Brunette at Bar (uncredited)
Norman Nesbitt ... Police Announcer (uncredited)
William Newell ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Phil Olafsson ... Swedish Angel (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Second Bartender (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sam - Truck Driver (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Thug (uncredited)
Pamela Peyton ... Girl (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Bindlestiff (uncredited)
Ivan Rasputin ... Strongman (uncredited)
Allen Ray ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robin Raymond ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Fourth Bartender (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... City Attorney (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Waiter (uncredited)

Irene Ryan ... Southern Belle at the Bar (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Pierson (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Policeman (uncredited)
Milton Shockley ... Native (uncredited)
Edward Short ... Ahmed (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sammy Stein ... Strongman (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman with Tramp (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Kifa - Young Family Servant (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Gigolo (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Thug (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Wallace ... Player (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Jane Weeks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Sketch Artist (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Deputy (uncredited)

Fay Wray ... Woman's Scream (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
Writing credits
Ruth Rose (screenplay)

Merian C. Cooper (from an original story by)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roy Webb (musical score)
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ted Cheesman 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan (costumes)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lloyd Richards .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (as Samuel Ruman)
John Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
James Altwies .... set dressing (as George Altwils)
Howard Richmond .... assistant art director
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Clem Portman .... sound
Special Effects by
Marcel Delgado .... technical staff
Fitch Fulton .... technical staff
Ray Harryhausen .... first technician
George Lofgren .... technical staff
Willis H. O'Brien .... technical creator (as Willis O'Brien)
Pete Peterson .... second technician (as Peter Peterson)
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical photography (as Linwood Dunn)
Harold E. Stine .... photographic effects (as Harold Stine)
Bert Willis .... photographic effects
Harry Cunningham .... model armature construction (uncredited)
Ray Harryhausen .... technician (uncredited)
Jack Shaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
Rod Amateau .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Emmett Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Merian C. Cooper .... presenter
John Ford .... presenter
Jack Lannan .... production effects (as Jack Lannon)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min | USA:84 min
Black and White (Sepiatone) (some sequences) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12893) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Mighty Joe Young is carrying the young girl up the burning tree a metal position gauge, a stop-motion special effects tool appears on screen for a single frame.See more »
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.See more »
Beautiful DreamerSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great story, great effects., 3 October 2000
Author: Chessack from USA

Thanksgiving just can't be Thanksgiving without Mighty Joe Young. From as far back as I can remember, until about 10 years ago, WOR, channel 9 in New York City, played a King Kong festival on Thanksgiving day, and then a Godzilla festival on Friday, dubbing it "Monster Weekend." Of the 3 "ape movies" played back-to-back (King Kong, Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young), this was far and away the best. There were several reasons for it. (1) Mighty Joe Young has the best special effects of all the ape movies (and, truth be known, far better than those of most of the Godzillas -- which were filmed 10-20 years later!). (2) Mighty Joe Young has the best story. It's about a little girl who adopts a young gorilla in Africa on her family's plantation, and she grows up with it. The gorilla turns out to be the largest in the world (but nowhere near the size of Kong). Joe is affectionate with his "sister", and very protective of her, and the animators gave him a wonderful range of facial expressions and emotions. (3) Mighty Joe Young has the best climax, and the best ending.

All told, Mighty Joe Young is a terriffic movie. It was light years ahead of its time in so many ways, including special effects. It is well worth the time to see it.

My score: 8/10

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