Mighty Joe Young (1949)

I watched the 1949 RKO Radio Pictures fantasy film “Mighty Joe Young” on Svengoolie. It was written and produced by Merian C. Cooper (1933 King Kong) and directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (King Kong, Son of Kong, Dr. Cyclops). Animation effects were handled by Ray Harryhausen (visual effects creator, writer and producer who created a form of stop motion model animation known as “Dynamation”, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., The

Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans), Pete Peterson (special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer) and Marcel Delgado (sculptor and model maker). The movie is about an eight year old girl, Jill Young, who gets a baby gorilla.

This gorilla, Joe, grows up to be the giant Mighty Joe Young. At 20 years old she is convinced to take Joe to Hollywood where the adventure begins. The movie stars Lora Lee Michel -8 year old Jill, Terry Moore – 20 year old Jill (Come Back Little Sheba, Peyton Place, Venus on 1967 Batman, 1998 Mighty Joe Young), Ben Johnson (stuntman, and world champion rodeo cowboy, Rio Grande, Fort Defiance, Shane, Oklahoma!, Hang ‘Em High, The Wild Bunch, Chisum),

Robert Armstrong (King Kong, The Fugitive), Frank McHugh (Virginia City, Easy Come Easy Go), Primo Carnera (Italian wrestler and boxer, aka The Ambling Alp, The Gentle Giant, The Vast Venetian, 89 wins, 14 losses), Irene Ryan (Granny on The Beverly Hilbillies),

William Schallert (The Man from Planet X, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Monolith Monsters, Speedway, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Twilight Zone The Movie, Gremlins, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,

Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, The Patty Duke Show, Death Valley Days, The Many Loves of Doby Gillis, The Rifleman) and Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton, It’s a Wonderful Life and hundreds of episodes in TV series 50’s -90’s). I liked the movie and will give it 3.1 out of 5. For more read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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