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Treasure Island (1934)

Passed  -  Adventure  -  17 August 1934 (USA)
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Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

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Pirate of the Spanish Main (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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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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Sail The High Seas Of Adventure Again !

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17 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Tesouro  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Jackie Cooper did not like his performance, writing in his autobiography that he felt an older English boy should have played Jim Hawkins. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Alexander Smollett: When there's treasure in the hold, there's fire in the fo'c'sle.
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Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
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Accomplished Film For this era
20 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is easy to spot great acting in this movie. Wallace Beary is great cast as Long John Silver. Jackie Cooper gives another fine child performance. As a matter of fact, the entire cast does very well.

What might be over looked often is that part of the reason this is so so good is that it is well based on the Robert Lewis Stevenson novel. The rest goes to the most often overlooked Direction of Victor Fleming.

Fleming proves in this early film that his work in the films Wizard of Oz & Gone With The Wind is no accident (some critics have called him an erratic Director for hire). He does a great job directing this cast & this story. Some of the sequences show how good a director Fleming really is.

After seeing this film recently, I am now convinced that Victor is a much better director than his detractors give him credit for. While this film does not have all the whiz bang special effects that newer pirate films have created, the great acting & directing more than makes up for that.

Add to that the amazing fact that this film brings in so much good stuff that it only needs 101 minutes to cover a major novel is enough to make you wonder if some of the new longer films about pirates just aren't very efficient in telling their tales.


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