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Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young is fun to laugh at and with, loaded with incredible corn, plenty of humor, and a robot gorilla who becomes a genuine hero. The technical skill of the large staff of experts [led by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen] gives the robot life.

With:
Terry Moore Ben Johnson Robert Armstrong Frank McHugh Douglas Fowley Regis Toomey

Mighty Joe Young is fun to laugh at and with, loaded with incredible corn, plenty of humor, and a robot gorilla who becomes a genuine hero. The technical skill of the large staff of experts [led by Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen] gives the robot life.

Plot [by Merian C. Cooper] deals with a gorilla, raised in the African jungle by a young girl. Both the girl and the giant ape are happy with their rusticating until a safari headed by Broadway producer Robert Armstrong arrives in the jungle. Armstrong immediately sees the possibilities of the ape and the girl.

The presentation by John Ford and Cooper pulls all stops in slugging away at audience risibilities while pointing up the melodramatic phases. It’s this general air of tongue-in-cheek treatment that makes the corn palatable.

1949: Best Special Effects

Mighty Joe Young

Production: Arko/RKO. Director Ernest B. Schoedsack; Producer John Ford, Merian C. Cooper; Screenplay Ruth Rose; Camera J. Roy Hunt; Editor Ted Cheesman; Music Roy Webb; Art Director James Basevi

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Terry Moore Ben Johnson Robert Armstrong Frank McHugh Douglas Fowley Regis Toomey

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