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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:
Good flick, better than the newer version! See more (58 total) »

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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Additional Details

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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:
Look for these unbilled stars of the future (and past): Ellen Corby ("The Waltons" (1971)) in the orphanage scene; William Schallert ("The Patty Duke Show" (1963)) as the gas station attendant; Kermit Maynard, singing cowboy, as Red in the roping scene; Jack Pennick, perennial John Ford extra, as the truck driver whose truck the heroes steal; and Irene Ryan (Granny in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)) in the nightclub scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Max O'Hara challenges Mighty Joe Young with a tug of war against ten of the strongest men alive. Each man demonstrates a feat of strength as they are introduced with a different prop each is holding or wearing. Chains are ripped apart, crowbars and long steel bars are bent, a phone book ripped in half, a large wooden post broken, steel bands snapped off of bulging biceps. After the individual introductions are done the men are shown again as a group and you can see the props are all back to their original state. This is just a repeat of the previous shot of the group before they had a chance to mangle their props.See more »
Quotes:
Max O'Hara:Come on, Windy, I got a million things to do.
Windy:You got time for this.
[turns on movie projector. Jill and Gregg come into the scene]
Max O'Hara:Hey, it's the kids!
Windy:Crawford told me to spring it on you. He shot it when he was down there.
Max O'Hara:[calling to the screen] Hey, Jill.
Jill Young:[silently] Hello Max.
Max O'Hara:Hey, they said "Hello, Max".
Max O'Hara:[Joe walks into the scene. O'Hara steps back] *Yipe*.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good flick, better than the newer version!, 28 June 2003
Author: Michael1958 from Washington D.C.

If Hollywood must makes remakes due to the mostly lack of creativity that we see these days coming out of Tinsel Town, then at least make the remake better. This original story of a Girl and Her Ape is so much better, so much better paced and without the hideous mean spirited additions the new one had added. The very fact that this first version was done with stop motion photography gives it an edge over the computer generated swill we saw in color just a few years back. Sure there are some 1940ish hokey "B" movie formula stuff, but in the end-the 1949 film is just so much better paced and more palatable for the younger set. If you have not seen this one, give it a shot. If you prefer the newer version then you obviously have a thing against the black and white films of yore.

MM

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