Mighty Joe Young (1949)
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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.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Staff[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Mighty Joe Young (1949 film)/Credits.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Ernest Schoedsack
- Written by Ruth Rose, Merian C. Cooper
- Produced by Merian C. Cooper
- Music by Roy Webb
- Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt
- Edited by Ted Cheesman
- Special effects by Willis O'Brien, Ray Harryhausen, Pete Peterson, Marcel Delgado, Fitch Fulton, George Lofgren
Cast[edit | edit source]
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
- Ray Walker as Reporter
- Juan Varro as Gigolo
- Harry Strang as Cop with Tramp
- Norman Stevans as Nightclub Patron
- Clarence Straight as Nightclub Patron
- Norman Willis as Nightclub Patron
- Jane Weeks as Nightclub Patron
- Paul Guilfoyle as Smith
- Douglas Fowley as Jones
- Frank McHugh as Windy
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Monsters[edit | edit source]
Production[edit | edit source]
Willis O'Brien, the stop-motion animator for King Kong, was the supervisor for the film's stop-motion animation. Ray Harryhausen was an assistant animator to O'Brien, however various technical problems in the films production. Pete Peterson and Marcel Delgado also animated a few sequences in the film.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Mighty Joe Young (1949 film)/Gallery.
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Mighty Joe Young (1949 film soundtrack).
Alternate titles[edit | edit source]
- Mr. Joseph Young of Africa (alternate English title)
- The Great Gorilla (El gran gorila; Spain)
- The King of Africa (Il re dell'Africa; Italy)
- Panic about King Kong (Panik um King Kong; West Germany)
- The Phantom of Africa (Fantomen från Afrika; Sweden; Fantomet fra Afrika; Denmark)
Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]
- United States - July 27, 1949
- Sweden - August 29, 1949 [view poster]
- Brazil - September 23, 1949
- Portugal - November 8, 1949
- Australia - January 5, 1950
- United Kingdom - January 9, 1950 [view poster]
- Mexico - January 21, 1950 [view poster]
- West Germany - September 1, 1950 [view poster]
- Denmark - November 16, 1950
- Japan - January 12, 1952 [view poster]
- Spain - November 22, 1955 [view poster]; March 31, 1969 (Re-release) [view poster]
Box office[edit | edit source]
Mighty Joe Young had a budget of $1,800,000 and made $1.950,000 from its initial theatrical release.
Awards[edit | edit source]
|Best Visual Effects Awards||Work Award||Mighty Joe Young||Won|
Video releases[edit | edit source]
Warner Bros. DVD (2006)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English (1.0 Mono)
Warner Bros. Blu-ray (2015/2017)
- Region: A/1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English (1.0 Mono), Spanish (1.0 Mono)
- Special features: Trailer
- Notes: Includes French and Spanish subtitles. Also packaged with King Kong (1933), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and Them!, or Son of Kong.
Unmade sequel[edit | edit source]
During the film's production, a sequel for the film was planned tentatively titled Joe Meets Tarzan but because the film was unsuccessful at the box office, plans for a sequel were quickly dropped.
Videos[edit | edit source]
Trailers[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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