Academy Awards 1949 -
Best Special Effects: Merian C. Cooper
Description by OLDIES.com:
Lightning struck again when the team behind King Kong reunited to create another towering ape: Mr. Joseph Young. This time the simian is shorter and the jokes tongue-in-cheekier, but the Oscar-winning Best Special Effects are just as Kong-sized.
A slick nightclub owner (King Kong veteran Robert Armstrong) discovers the giant ape frolicking in Africa as the beloved pet of a young girl (Terry Moore). He brings both to Hollywood as a floor-show sensation, until some no-goods ply Joe with booze and the blitzed behemoth goes bonkers. Highlights such as Armstrong's henchmen trying to lasso Joe cowpoke style, Joe playing tug-of-war with musclemen and plenty of Joe-to-the-rescue action make Mighty Joe Young mighty fine entertainment.
The King Kong legend is kept alive by a little girl who brings back a pet gorilla from Africa. In true Kong tradition, it grows to an enormous size and later terrorizes the city.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Mighty Joe Young
The story of a woman who is lured away from her peaceful farm in Africa to bring a 15-foot-tall gorilla she has tamed to an animal preserve in the U.S. to keep him safe from poachers. But the ape eventually escapes and rampages through L.A., and she and a zoologist must rush to save him from the authorities.
A huge, 12-foot gorilla is discovered by a group on safari in Africa and brought back to Hollywood to be the special attraction at a glitzy new night club.