Mighty Joe Young

Synopsis: In Africa, the girl Jill Young trades a baby gorilla with two natives and raises the animal. Twelve years later, the talkative and persuasive promoter Max O'Hara organizes a safari to Africa with the Oklahoma cowboy Gregg to bring attractions to his new night-club in Hollywood. They capture several lions and out of blue, they see a huge gorilla nearby their camping and they try to capture the animal. However, the teenager Jill Young stops the men that intended to kill her gorilla. Max seduces Jill with a fancy life in Hollywood and she signs a contract with him where the gorilla Joseph "Joe" Young would be the lead attraction. Soon she realizes that her dream is a nightmare to Joe and she asks Max to return to Africa. However he persuades her to stay a little longer in the show business. But when three alcoholic costumers give booze to Joe, the gorilla destroys the spot and is sentenced by the justice to be sacrificed. Will Jill, Gregg and Max succeed in saving Joe?
Production: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

Look, Genevieve. Two men coming.

Let me see.

Oh, will you sell it?

Don't you understand?


I'll get my father to buy it.

You sit down.

That's it. You wait.

Just a minute.

Oh, I forgot.

He's gone down to the fields.

Well, then, I'll have to buy it myself.

It doesn't belong to me.

Oh, well, maybe Father won't mind.

Oh, well, I can make you understand.

I have fine things.

You trade with me for that.

One, two, three.

Here, look. Very nice.


Open it.

Open it.

Very funny. Make you laugh.

Oh, my goodness.

Don't be cross. Don't go. Look.

You trade all this for that?

Oh, good!

I'm being very bad. It isn't mine.

Okay, all right.

Oh, goody! It's all mine!

Jill! Oh, Jill!

Go away! Father's coming.

Hurry! Go away!

Oh, my goodness.

Isn't he sweet?

He's better than a doll.

I can play with him.

He has to have a name.

Joe. I'll call him Joe.

Oh, Jill!

I'll surprise Father.

Be quiet.

Won't Father be surprised?



Where are you?

What's all this stuff?

What on earth?

Jill. Jill.

Surprise, Father. Aren't you surprised?

Jill, where did that come from?

Oh, that's Joe, Father. Isn't he sweet?

Joe? That's a baby gorilla.

Two men had him.

They didn't speak Swahili.

Really, Jill,

you should have more sense.

Are you cross?

Well, for a tired man who just

found a gorilla in his bed...

...I think I'm behaving very well.

You cannot have a pet gorilla.

Please let me keep him.

Please. I bought him.


What did you have to buy him with?

Money and beads and toys,

and other things.

Other things.

Where's my big flashlight?

Well, that makes him partly yours too,

doesn't it?

I don't know what to say to you,

I'm sure.

I have worries enough

trying to run this farm.

I'm sorry, but you can't keep him.

I will not raise a gorilla.

How the little fella loves his milk.

Does he always take his nap to music?

Oh, yes. This is his favorite song.

- What's the name of it?

- Don't you remember?

It's "Beautiful Dreamer."

Very appropriate.

I think he's grown already, don't you?

Oh, he'll grow, all right.

That's just the trouble.

But, Father, now I have someone

to play with.

I know, dear. You're lonely sometimes.

If your mother had lived...

Baby, please try to realize

that the time will come...

...when we can't keep Joe any longer.

This will always be his home,

and we'll always be friends.

Listen, Jill, when he grows up,

he'll be dangerous.

I know that seems impossible

to you now...

...but that helpless little baby

will be 10 times stronger...

...than any man in the worid.

He'll weigh 7, 800 pounds.

He'll be a huge, fierce, dangerous gorilla.

Get me somebody

that knows what I want.

Find me an electrician with ideas.

No, no. No, no.

I tell you, it isn't big enough.

Look, I'm branching out into new territory.

I'm building a nightclub in Hollywood.

It's got to be something original.

It's gotta knock them dead.

Take them back to the architect.

Bring me new sketches.

- What about my steamship tickets?

- Mr. Fletcher's here.

Tell Fletcher to wait.

Tell them all to wait.

I gotta shake up my press agent.

I got a letter of introduction,

Mr. O'Hara.

- What do you want?

- I thought maybe-

Well, I'd sure like to go to Africa.

So what? There you are.

Where you been, asleep?

- This is a letter of introduction.

- Half a column on page 20.

- That's good for the Times.

- This is from Tex Wood.

- Two paragraphs on the theatrical page.

- Best I could do.

I want front page!

You gotta get in there and pitch, Windy.

- These guys don't even believe I'm going.

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Ruth Rose

Ruth Rose (January 16, 1896 – June 8, 1978) was a writer who worked on several films in the 1930s and the 1940s, most famously the original 1933 classic King Kong. more…

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