Mighty Joe Young
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Hoping to make the magic of King Kong happen again, the production team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack came up with the 1949 special-effects smorgasbord Mighty Joe Young. Robert Armstrong reprises his Kong portrayal of Carl Denham as hot-shot showbiz entrepreneur Max O'Hara. While in Africa looking for authentic decorations for his new night club, O'Hara makes the acquaintance of Mr. Joseph Young, a ten-foot-tall ape. Unlike King Kong, Joe Young has a heart of gold, thanks in great part to his owner, a lovely lass named Jill Young (Terry Moore). Against her better… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More of a historic novelty than an action film."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Tame, but well done giant ape flick."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Though in the shadows of Kong it still brings back fond memories of how to make a special effect film back in the old days."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Great Willis O'Brien effects, a good story and fine cast. A wonderful fantasy, not as good as King Kong, but still fun to watch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Great escapist fun: a West Coast 'King Kong'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An entertaining "friendlier" version of King Kong."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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