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 $1.8 million
Box office $1.95 million
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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mighty Joe Young (1949 film)/Credits.

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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]Spanish poster
  • Brazil - September 23, 1949
  • Portugal - November 8, 1949
  • Australia - January 5, 1950
  • United Kingdom - January 9, 1950  [view poster]British poster
  • Mexico - January 21, 1950  [view poster]Mexican poster
  • West Germany - September 1, 1950  [view poster]German poster
  • Denmark - November 16, 1950
  • Japan - January 12, 1952  [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Spain - November 22, 1955  [view poster]Spanish poster; March 31, 1969 (Re-release)  [view poster]Spanish 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]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
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)

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.[1]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Mighty Joe Young trailer

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. Tarzan Meets Joe Young. Classic Horror Film Board.


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