The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based creature film host will present his big broadcast premiere of “Mighty Joe Young” (1949), this Sat., Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. “Mighty Joe Young” (1949) will be part of the Berwyn/Chicago-based classic TV network’s “Sventacular October” festival of Sven’s Sat. evening classic horror/monster/creature/sci-fi/fantasy feature film masterpieces for the Halloween season/throughout the month Oct.!
The RKO production of “Mighty Joe Young” was directed by veteran director Ernest B. Schoedsack. Schoedsack worked with veteran producer Merian C. Cooper and stop-motion visual effects pioneer Willis H. O’Brien on the earlier classic mammoth RKO Radio Pictures stop-motion creature animation masterpieces, “King Kong” (1933) and the sequel; “Son of Kong” (1933). Ernest B. Schoedsack also directed the groundbreaking classic Paramount sci-fi visual effects thriller masterpiece with Albert Dekker, “Dr. Cyclops” (1940). Willis H. O’Brien also worked on the stop-motion creature effects on “Mighty Joe Young” with young Ray Harryhausen, who worked as a first technician under O’Brien’s unit. Based off of an original story idea by Merian C. Cooper, the screenplay for “Mighty Joe Young” (1949) was written by veteran screenwriter Ruth Rose. Rose also wrote the screenplay for “King Kong” (1933) and “Son of Kong” (1933).
The 1949 production of “Mighty Joe Young” was co-produced by Cooper and veteran film director John Ford, under the “ARKO Productions” moniker. The film was produced during Howard Hughes’ ownership of RKO Radio Pictures, the business tycoon acquired the studio one year before the production of “Mighty Joe Young.”
Who was in “Mighty Joe Young” (1949)?
The players who appeared in the Schoedsack-Cooper-Ford-O’Brien-Harryhausen RKO production of “Mighty Joe Young” (1949) were Terry Moore (as Jill Young), “Mr. Joseph Young” (as himself), Ben Johnson (as Gregg), Robert Armstrong (as Max O’Hara), Frank McHugh (as Windy), Nestor Paiva (as Brown), Irene Ryan (in an uncredited role as a nightclub patron), young Ellen Corby (in an uncredited role as an orphanage nurse), young Dwayne Hickman (in an uncredited role as a young boy), Regis Toomey (as John Young), Lora Lee Michel (as young Jill Young), Douglas Fowley (as Jones), Denis Green (as Crawford), James Flavin (as Schultz) and Paul Guilfoyle (as Smith).