MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 915 this week

Tom Sawyer (1930)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 96 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

The classic Mark Twain tale of a young boy and his friends on the Mississippi River. Tom and his pals Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper have numerous adventures, including running away to be ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 09 Apr 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Aug 2012
 
a list of 2012 titles
created 30 Oct 2012
 
a list of 862 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tom Sawyer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tom Sawyer (1930)

Tom Sawyer (1930) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tom Sawyer.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman
Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie 1975)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Totten
Stars: Ron Howard, Don Most, Royal Dano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Live TV performance

Director: Herbert B. Swope Jr.
Stars: Denise Alexander, John Carradine, Walter Catlett
The Goddess (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the story of a young woman destined from childhood on to be adored by millions but unhappy in her own life. Patty Duke plays Emily Ann Faulkner ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Steven Hill
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

This low-budget Asian-set adventure concerns The reformed smuggler Stuart Allison finds his missing wife Marion in Hong Kong. Marion has fallen in with a bad crowd and is involved with ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Vince Edwards, Carol Ohmart, Richard Loo
Huck and Tom (1918)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: William Desmond Taylor
Stars: Jack Pickford, Robert Gordon, George Hackathorne
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: William Desmond Taylor
Stars: Lewis Sargent, Katherine Griffith, Martha Mattox
Tom Sawyer (1907)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie 1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Marcel Cravenne
Stars: Martin Lartigue, Ibrahim Seck, Pascal Duffard
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mark Twain's classic about how Tom Sawyer's best friend, Huckleberry Finn, runs away from his drunken father and helps the runaway slave Jim to escape.

Director: Jack B. Hively
Stars: Kurt Ida, Dan Monahan, Brock Peters
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Georgiy Daneliya
Stars: Roman Madyanov, Feliks Imokuede, Evgeniy Leonov
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Junior Durkin ...
...
Lucien Littlefield ...
Tully Marshall ...
Clara Blandick ...
Mary Jane Irving ...
Mary
Ethel Wales ...
Dick Winslow ...
Jackie Searl ...
Sid
...
Charles Stevens ...
Charles Sellon ...
Minister
Lon Poff ...
Edit

Storyline

The classic Mark Twain tale of a young boy and his friends on the Mississippi River. Tom and his pals Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper have numerous adventures, including running away to be pirates and, being believed drowned, attending their own funeral. The boys also witness a murder and Tom and his friend Becky Thatcher are pursued by the vengeful murderer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 December 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Tom Sawyer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Followed by Huckleberry Finn (1931) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Has charm, but dates badly
17 July 2003 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first sound version of Mark Twain's immortal classic does capture the charm of the story (who wouldn't want to be a little boy in the summertime again?). As a film adaptation, it also remains pretty faithful to its original source, and contains many of the book's famous segments (whitewashng the fence, the midnight visit to the graveyard, lost in the cave, etc.).

This early "talkie" of "Tom Sawyer" does suffer, however, from the stodginess and "creakiness" that many of the early sound films exhibit, due to the (at that time) primitive sound recording techniques (the "marriage" of sound and picture still wasn't totally perfected in 1930, and a number of films that year were still being produced in both sound and silent versions). This "creakiness" does indeed have a charm of its own (at least to die-hard fans, such as myself, of classic films), but modern audiences will probably find this 1930 version too slow and stagey. (A 1938 technicolour remake by producer David O. Selznick, entitled "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", is really the definitive film version of this story).

A renowned child star, and later famous as "Uncle Fester" in the TV show "The Addams Family", Jackie Coogan performs well as Tom, but at 16 he was really too old for the role (Tom is supposed to be about 11 or 12; the 1938 version starred 12-year old Tommy Kelly, who was the perfect age). The remainder of the cast is also good (Jackie Searl in particular as Tom's obnoxious and detestable brother Sid), although like Coogan, similarly-aged Junior Durkin was also too old to play Huck Finn.

All in all, a charming "curio" for movie watchers, but won't endure as an acknowledged "classic".


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Tom Sawyer (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?