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Mighty Joe Young (1949) was a Adventure - Fantasy Film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and produced by John Ford and Merian C. Cooper.

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Mighty Joe Young (1949, Ernest B. Schoedsack)

on Apr 13, 2020 From The Stop Button

From the first scene, Mighty Joe Young is concerning. There?s a nice establishing shot of an Africa plantation, with some great matte work, then little White girl on the plantation Lora Lee Michel sees a couple African men passing with a basket. She wants what?s in the basket, so there?s a nice leng... Read full article


Mighty Joe Young (1949)

By Beatrice on Jun 2, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Mighty Joe Young Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack Written by Ruth Rose from an original story by Merian C. Cooper 1949/USA Argosy Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Sometimes it is good?just to sit there like a little kid and marvel at?some awesome special effects. ?This is a particularly go... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 12, 2014 From Virtual Virago

King Kong (1933) gave rise to a whole host of subsequent gorilla movies, beginning with The Son of Kong (1933), but Mighty Joe Young (1949) merits special attention because it marks the feature film debut of one of the greatest innovators in special effects history, Ray Harryhausen, who worked on th... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 12, 2014 From Virtual Virago

King Kong (1933) gave rise to a whole host of subsequent gorilla movies, beginning with The Son of Kong (1933), but Mighty Joe Young (1949) merits special attention because it marks the feature film debut of one of the greatest innovators in special effects history, Ray Harryhausen, who worked on th... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Mar 12, 2014 From Virtual Virago

King Kong (1933) gave rise to a whole host of subsequent gorilla movies, beginning with The Son of Kong (1933), but Mighty Joe Young (1949) merits special attention because it marks the feature film debut of one of the greatest innovators in special effects history, Ray Harryhausen, who worked on th... Read full article


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Quotes from

Max O'Hara: Am I dreamin', or did I just see a gorilla? And a beautiful dame!


Max O'Hara: We're goin' to Africa- we're gonna lassoo lions.
Windy: But Maxie, you can buy all the lions you want in California!
Windy: [Dramatically] But don't you understand? I'm going to be in terrible danger - in darkest Africa!


Jill Young: [after O'Hara and Crawford have fled] Aren't you afraid of Joe?
Gregg Johnson: I sure am, but I don't want him to know it.


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Facts about

When Windy asks Gregg if he is from Texas, Gregg replies, "No, sir, Oklahoma; we rope and ride there, too." Ben Johnson grew up on a ranch near Foraker, Oklahoma, and had been a champion cowboy prior to coming to Hollywood as a horse wrangler.
The stock footage shot of New York's Times Square is actually from the mid-'20s. A marquee for Ernest B. Schoedsack's and Merian C. Cooper's "Grass, the Epic of a Lost Tribe", aka Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life can be seen in the lower right corner.
Look for these unbilled stars of the future (and past): Ellen Corby (The Waltons) in the orphanage scene; William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show) 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) in the nightclub scene.
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Also directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack




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Also produced by John Ford




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Also released in 1949




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