Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack Cast: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong

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Overview

Mighty Joe Young

Hoping to make the magic of King Kong happen again, the production team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack came up with the 1949 special-effects smorgasbord Mighty Joe Young. Robert Armstrong reprises his Kong portrayal of Carl Denham as hot-shot showbiz entrepreneur Max O'Hara. While in Africa looking for authentic decorations for his new night club, O'Hara makes the acquaintance of Mr. Joseph Young, a ten-foot-tall ape. Unlike King Kong, Joe Young has a heart of gold, thanks in great part to his owner, a lovely lass named Jill Young (Terry Moore). Against her better judgment, Jill allows O'Hara to bring Joe back to the States as a nightclub attraction. Joe proves to be a smash as he participates in Jill's musical act (he lifts her grand piano while she plays "Beautiful Dreamer") and performs a tug-of-war routine with an imposing lineup of professional wrestlers (including Tor Johnson, Man Mountain Dean and Primo Carnera). But when the patrons go home each night, Joe is unhappily relegated to his cage. When a group of obnoxious drunks begin teasing Joe, the disgruntled ape breaks loose and goes on a rampage. Slated to be put to death, Joe redeems himself by rescuing a group of screaming children from an orphanage fire. Featured in the cast are Ben Johnson as the nominal romantic lead, Frank McHugh as Robert Armstrong's assistant, and an uncredited Irene Ryan as a cocktail-lounge patron.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
UPC: 0888574106522
Original Release: 1949
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 3,059

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terry Moore Jill Young
Ben Johnson Gregg
Donald Smith Max O'Hara
Frank McHugh Windy
Joseph Young Himself
Douglas Fowley Jones
Regis Toomey John Young
Denis Green Crawford
Paul Guilfoyle Smith
Lora Lee Michel Jill as a girl
James Flavin Schultz
Iris Adrian Actor
Primo Carnera Actor
Ellen Corby Actor
Wee Willie Davis Strongman
Man Mountain Dean Actor
Selmar Jackson Actor
Henry Kulky Actor
Phil "Swedish Angel" Olafsson Actor
Nestor Paiva Brown
Ivan Rasputin Actor
Addison Richards Actor
Sammy Stein Actor
Dale Van Sickel Stuntman
Sammy Menacker Strongman
Mary Gordon Actor
Irene Ryan Girl at the bar (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Ernest B. Schoedsack Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Adele Balkan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Cheesman Editor
Merian C. Cooper Producer
Marcel Delgado Special Effects
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Ray Harryhausen Special Effects
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
John Ford Producer
Willis O'Brien Special Effects
Ruth Rose Screenwriter
Harold E. Stine Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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