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 »
Although based upon a novel written by Mark Twain in the 19th century, this movie holds up today. It's not a great movie, but it has some good acting with Billy Cook as Tom Sawyer and Donald O'Connor as Huck Finn. The two boys solve a murder case and, in the process, save Tom's Uncle Silas (Porter Hall) who was initially charged with a crime which he actually thought that he may have inadvertently committed. Elizabeth Risden plays the wife (Aunt Sally) of Uncle Silas. The primary villain in the movie is a rather suave character named Brace Dunlap played to the hilt by perennial "bad guy", Edward Pawley. Pawley had honed his acting skills on Broadway (he was the original "Elmer Gantry") prior to working in movies where he excelled primarily in gangster roles in such hits as "G-Men", "Each Dawn I Die","Prison Break", "Sworn Enemy", etc. prior to acting in this film.William Haade played Brace Dunlap's not-so-smart brother, Jupiter Dunlap, as well as Jupiter's twin. Clem Bevans provided some comedic relief as Sheriff Slocum, and Raymond Hatton played (what else?) the judge. All in all, a film I would recommend to everyone, especially those who like the works of Mark Twain.
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