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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)

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


Classics Revisited: Mighty Joe Young

By Barry P. on Nov 19, 2011 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1949) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack; Written by Ruth Rose; Story by Merian C. Cooper; Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson and Robert Armstrong; Available on DVD Rating: **** What’s It About? What’s the first movie that comes to mind when you think about a big ape? Okay… What... Read full article


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Quotes from

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.


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!


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*.


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In the 2011 version as seen on Turner Classic Movies, the "fire rescue" sequence, with a red background, is influenced by the 1980's "colorized" version. The "colorization" process, owned by Ted Turner and now "Time Warner", added color to previously existing all B&W films. Other "colorized" features in this genre included "King Kong", "The "Maltese Falcon" and even Shirley Temple film shorts. This trend continued through the 1990s although, as a whole, it is no longer popular with broadcasters and viewers.
A sequel called "Joe Meets Tarzan" was planned in 1950 and would have had Mighty Joe Young team up with Tarzan, played by Lex Barker, who had just filmed Tarzan and the Slave Girl. The film was canceled due to the disappointing box office of "Mighty Joe Young".
This was the first feature film to which Ray Harryhausen contributed stop-motion animation effects.
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