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"Mighty Joe Young" (1949) Provncetown. MA

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:07 am
by Brad Moore
Hey All.

Tonight Thursday December 28th, Get out of the cold, and with the end of the year only a few days off, go out with something really Big! Mighty Joe Young (a.k.a. Mr. Joseph Young of Africa and The Great Joe Young) is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made by the same creative team responsible for King Kong (1933). and Son Of Kong (1933) produced by Merian C. Cooper, who wrote the story, and Ruth Rose who wrote the screenplay, the film was directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and stars Robert Armstrong (who appears in both films), Terry Moore, and Ben Johnson in his first credited screen role.

Willis O'Brien, who created the animation for The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933), and Son Of Kong (1933) was the supervisor of the film's stop motion animation special effects. Ray Harryhausen was hired in 1947 on his first film assignment as an assistant animator to O'Brien. O'Brien, however, ended up concentrating on solving the various technical problems of the production, delegating most of the actual animation to Harryhausen; Pete Peterson and Marcel Delgado also animated a few sequences in the film.

Mighty Joe Young tells the story of a young woman, Jill Young, living on her father's ranch in Africa, who has raised the title character, a giant gorilla, from an infant and years later brings him to Hollywood seeking her fortune so she can save the family

All Films are shown on Reel Film, Thursday nights October through March at 7:30pm upstairs in the WOMR Davis Space at the Schoolhouse, 494 Commercial Street Provincetown (corner of Commercial & Howland St). There is a $5 suggested donation to help support community radio WOMR in the off season, and free popcorn will be provided courtesy of The Provincetown Inn.

Wine, Beer, and Soda are also available for donation, and WOMR Film Series T-Shirts available for $25 dollars too, designed by Ned Sontag