Mighty Joe Young

Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1949. Vintage reference photograph from the 1949 film, showing the titular gorilla facing off against a man on a rearing horse. Printed mimeo snipe and RKO Radio Pictures stamp on the verso.

From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler.

A stop-motion monster fantasy film created in the wake of the massive success of Radio Pictures' "King Kong" (1933), even using the same director-screenwriter-producer team. A young woman heads to Hollywood with her pet gorilla named Joseph, hoping to make enough money to save her ranch home in Africa. When a seedy nightclub entrepreneur proposes the gorilla be used as part of his nightclub's entertainment, it seems like an easy way to make money—but Joe is miserable, as he is mistreated and unhappy in America. Received an Academy Award in 1950 for Best Special Effects.

Set in Hollywood.

10 x 8 inches. About Very Good plus, with short closed tears at the edges and creases at the corners.


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