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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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Max O'Hara: Come on, Windy, I got a million things to do.
Windy: You got time for this.
[turns on movie projector. Jill and Gregg come into the scene]
Max O'Hara: Hey, it's the kids!
Windy: Crawford told me to spring it on you. He shot it when he was down there.
Max O'Hara: [calling to the screen] Hey, Jill.
Jill Young: [silently] Hello Max.
Max O'Hara: Hey, they said "Hello, Max".
Max O'Hara: [Joe walks into the scene. O'Hara steps back] *Yipe*.


Max O'Hara: Don't worry kid. There's nobody in the world gonna shoot Joe now.


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


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Though Willis H. O'Brien gets top special-effects billing, Ray Harryhausen actually did 85%-90% of the stop-motion animation for this film, although the animation is based on O'Brien's designs and storyboards.
Terry Moore claims that another actress was already hired for the role of Jill. She claims that she got the role by running to the end of the RKO lot and back after Ernest B. Schoedsack asked her, and claims that she was then hired on the spot.
This was the first feature film to which Ray Harryhausen contributed stop-motion animation effects.
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Also directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack




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Also released in 1949




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