Mighty Joe Young (1949)
November 2, 2022 9:57 AM - Subscribe

Jill Young (Terry Moore) has raised Joe, her gentle pet gorilla, since he was a baby. When a Hollywood, Calif., nightclub owner (Robert Armstrong) travels to Africa and notices the amazing animal, he persuades Jill to send Joe to Hollywood. But Joe grows restless performing for crowds and finally breaks free from captivity, wreaking havoc on the city. To save Joe from the authorities, who want him dead, Jill must create an elaborate plan to send him back to Africa.

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, the co-director of the original King Kong. Written by Ruth Rose, who had scripted that picture. Produced by John Ford.

91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently available for digital rental in the US on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The lineup of strongmen and wrestlers Joe does tug-o-war with were all for-real, and well-known personalities of the era.

It’s a fun little movie. Just don’t expect the spectacle of King Kong.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:44 PM on November 2, 2022

This was one of my childhood favorites.
posted by OHenryPacey at 8:09 PM on November 2, 2022

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