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Mighty Joe Young

Released 1949
Distributor RKO Radio Pictures

A fan favorite from 50 years of tv broadcasts, this family-oriented amalgam of Kong and Son of Kong is a girl-and-her-giant-ape saga with a cheery, breezy tone. Terrific fx work by Willis O’Brien and devoted fan/assistant Ray Harryhausen gives Joe Young a more complex personality than most of his stop-motion predecessors.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.