Mighty Joe Young (1949)

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Mighty Joe Young
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The American poster for Mighty Joe Young
Directed by Ernest Schoedsack
Producer(s) Merian C. Cooper
Written by Ruth Rose, Merian C. Cooper
Music by Roy Webb
Distributor RKO Radio Pictures (Original),
Turner Entertainment (Current via Warner Bros.)
Rating Not Rated
Budget $1,800,000
Box office $1.950,000
Running time 94 minutes
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.37:1
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Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American giant monster fantasy film produced by RKO Radio Pictures and created by the team behind the original King Kong. It was released to American theaters on July 27, 1949.


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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Terry Moore   as   Jill Young
  • Ben Johnson   as   Gregg
  • Robert Armstrong   as   Max O'Hara
  • Regis Toomey   as   John Young
  • Lora Lee Michel   as   Jill Young, as a girl
  • Irene Ryan   as   Southern Belle at Bar





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Main article: Mighty Joe Young (1949 film soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • The King of Africa (Il re dell'Africa; Italy)
  • Panic about King Kong (Panik um King Kong; Germany)

Theatrical releases

  • United States - July 27, 1949
  • Sweden - August 29, 1949
  • Brazil - September 23, 1949
  • Portugal - November 8, 1949
  • Australia - January 5, 1950
  • United Kingdom - January 9, 1950
  • Japan - January 12, 1952  [view poster]Japanese poster


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Visual Effects Awards Work Award Mighty Joe Young Won

Video releases

Warner Bros. DVD (2006)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (1.0 Mono)

Warner Bros. Blu-ray (2015/2017)



Mighty Joe Young trailer


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