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Treasure Island (1920)

Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis ... See full summary »



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Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 April 1920 (USA)  »

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A Ilha do Tesouro  »

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A Tragic Loss
28 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mrs. Hawkins ( Josie Melville ) and her young son, Jim ( Shirley Mason ), run the Benbow Inn on the English coast. Bill Bones ( Al W. Filson ), a sea captain, stops at the Inn and asks Jim to warn him if he sees a "seafaring man with one leg." One morning, a fierce sailor named Black Dog ( Wilton Taylor ) enters and demands that Bones give him his share of Captain Flint's treasure that Bones has hidden. Bones fights off the intruder, but tells Jim that if he should die, he can take whatever board and lodging he owes out of the chest in the room. Some time later, Pew ( Lon Chaney ), a hideous looking, blind pirate, forces Jim him to lead him to Bones, who is some time later found murdered. While Jim and his mother search through Bones' chest, Pew and some pirates break in and steal a small packet from the chest. The pirates are caught and killed, and Jim shows the packet to Dr. Livesey ( Charles Hill Mailes ) and Squire Trelawney ( Sydney Deane ), where they discover a map with the location of the Captain Flint's treasure. The Squire buys a boat, the Hispaniola, and decides to go in search of the treasure. Long John Silver ( Charles Ogle ), a one-legged sailor, is taken on as cook, and Israel Hands ( Joseph Singleton ), George Merry ( Lon Chaney ), and Morgan ( Bull Montana ) are among the crew. Jim is forbidden to go, but stows away in a barrel of apples. Once at sea, Jim overhears a mutiny plot, and he tells the Squire, Dr. Livesey, and the Captain of the news. When land is sighted, the mutineers are overpowered and put ashore, but Black Dog ( Wilton Taylor ) seizes Jim and takes him ashore. Jim escapes into the jungle where he meets Ben Gunn, an old pirate who was marooned by Flint. Dr. Livesey leads a rescue part into the jungle, and they succeed in killing most of the mutineers. Jim and Ben are rescued, and Ben turns over the treasure, which he found years before. The men begin the voyage home, with Long John again becoming a cook and friend of Jim.

This 1920 film was the last silent adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Directed by Maurice Tourneur, with Charles Ogle playing Long John Silver, Shirley Mason as Jim Hawkins and Lon Chaney playing two different key roles in this production. Movie journals stated that Jack Holt would play Long John Silver and that Wallace Beery would play Israel Hands, though both roles were eventually filled by different actors, and Beery would eventually play Long John Silver in the 1934 MGM version. Tragically this 1920 film is now lost.

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