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Writers:
Ruth Rose (screenplay)
Merian C. Cooper (from an original story by)
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Release Date:
29 August 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
Ten Terrific Thrills ! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Ray Harryhausen .... technician (uncredited)
Jack Shaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
94 min | USA:84 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone) (some sequences) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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 (PCA #12893) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Joe smashes through the facade during the nightclub riot, the first scream you hear is that of Fay Wray, stock audio from the original King Kong (1933), which was also produced by RKO.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Bartender:[In response to a patron asking about the safety glass that shields her from the lions] Don't worry, lady; O'Hara had it made special.
[raps his knuckles on the glass twice]
Bartender:That'll hold *anything*.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Kong with a heart!, 2 January 2006
Author: hondo551 from United States

I remember seeing Mighty Joe Young before I ever saw King Kong, and for the longest time I preferred it to Kong because it seemed newer, with better effects, and more familiar actors, while Kong seemed older and a little creakier with a less familiar cast of characters. Over the years I've come to appreciate both as great movies, the same basic story or premise, but with a slightly different spin, one as a grand thrilling epic, and one as a heartwarming story with laughs and thrills. Where Kong is the tragic violent figure meeting his fate for the love of a woman, Joe Young is a warm cuddly teddy bear of a creature trying to stave off that wild beast that lives inside of him for the affection of a woman. Where Kong wouldn't expend a drop of sweat helping a human, except for Ann Darrow, Joe Young appears more than human in that he would sacrifice himself to save the children and adults in an orphanage engulfed in flames. And although Robert Armstrong doesn't play the same character in both movies, just the same type of character, it's kind of nice to see him learn from his mistakes in the previous film and early on in this one so that he can make a determined effort to have this story end differently. While King Kong may have been a grand slam out of the park, Mighty Joe Young still comes out as a solid home run.

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