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Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

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A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment.

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William Robinson
Edna Best ...
Elizabeth Robinson
Freddie Bartholomew ...
Terry Kilburn ...
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Bobbie Quillan ...
Francis Robinson (as Baby Bobbie Quillan)
Christian Rub ...
Thoren
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Ramsey
Herbert Rawlinson ...
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A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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8 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Come Robinson Crusoè  »

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In the 1960s Walt Disney remade "Swiss Family Robinson", The Disney Studios bought up the rights to the 1940 version produced and distributed by RKO, then Walt Disney confiscated all known prints of RKO Radio Pictures version so there wouldn't be comparisons to the Disney remake. See more »

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Enjoyable but badly dated family fare.
10 December 1999 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is the original warhorse version (there were two others). Shown on television at every turn in the fifties and sixties, this sticks pretty closely to the book. Fairly tame by today's standards with Oscar nominated Special Effects that today look pretty obvious. Its value is in its dark side - the uphill battle that Mitchell faces, wondering at every turn if his idealistic values are not only selfish but untrue. An interesting double feature with THE MOSQUITO COAST - a darker adaptation of the original story. Watchable but nothing special. Note: available prints tend to be pretty difficult to watch due to breaks, skips and murky tenth generation quality.


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