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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Approved  |   |  Family, Adventure  |  11 February 1938 (USA)
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Misadventures of a mischievous boy in 1850 Missouri.

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Sentiment rules in this version of the Twain tale of boyhood in 1850 Missouri, reasonably faithful except for minor details and making the character Jim a boy instead of a man. Includes the whitewash episode, puppy love, the graveyard murder, the boys' running away to Jackson's Island, the salvation of Muff Potter, and the cave adventure. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Everybody knows him! Everybody loves him! He's everybody's favorite boy! Mark Twain's most beloved story See more »

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Family | Adventure

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11 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A fourteen year old Anne Baxter was called in to test with a youthful Montgomery Clift as Tom, but the actor's acne was so bad at the time that the test was never made and both were sent back to New York. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is wooing Becky by the river, the frog makes his hat jerk up and down. In the next shot, the string attached to the hat is clearly visible (at 25:40 in 91 minutes). See more »

Quotes

Aunt Polly: Land o'Goshan, your hair looks like a hornets' nest.
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The opening credits read "A Picturization in Technicolor of the Beloved Classic by Mark Twain 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'". See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
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lovely
26 October 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

just lovely. for the atmosphere, great performance, for pure joy, for respect for novel and courage to filmed a masterpiece in right style. crumb of a time, piece of Selznick creation, it is nostalgic, seductive, fresh and realistic. in few occasions, perfect illustration for book, in other - perfect reflection of everyone childhood. so, it is out of verdicts because it remains, after so many years, a magnificent experience. sure, in shadow of Gone on the wind, it can be an exercise. but its force and shining truth is more authentic than the mega-production. because it is a splendid adaptation. and more. because the sincerity and the fresh air of an unique age, the naiveté , the joyousness, innocence, Tommy Kelly who is Tom and not an actor in character skin, May Robson who gives her entire subtle art in the portrait of aunt Polly are virtues /ingredients of a great film about wonderful universe


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