Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young (1949)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Between a lengthy chase and a devastating fire, the final half-hour delivers the goods, and Willis O'Brien (assisted by Ray Harryhausen) earned the Best Special Effects Oscar for his efforts.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great escapist fun: a West Coast 'King Kong'

Scott Weinberg

An entertaining "friendlier" version of King Kong.

Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

More of a historic novelty than an action film.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tame, but well done giant ape flick.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
16 years after the world got a glimpse of the mighty 'King Kong', once again the sight of a huge gorilla amazed audiences around the world. In a… More
Conner Rainwater
An extremely bizarre movie that blends apes with cowboys. I really don't know what was going inside their minds when they thought that this would make a… More
Lady D'arbanville
The original film of Mighty Joe Young, dating back to 1949. There are obvious differences when comparing to the later version, CGI, effects etc, but the… More
Tim Salmons
Fantastic effects, great story and a terrific performance from Robert Armstrong. A vast improvement over Son Of Kong, it's easy to see why this won an… More
Bruce Bruce
This was the best movie ever growing up, I must have watched it a 100 times on WPIX and WOR. If it was on I was watching it and to see it on DVD brought back… More
Cameron Johnson
And in this corner: Mighty Joe Young! Come on, don't sit there and tell me that when you heard that title, you weren't picturing this big fur ball… More