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Disney's first live action movie. Walt Disney started the project when postwar restrictions stopped him from transferring profits from his cartoons out of the United Kingdom. Rather than set up a new animation studio, he used the profits and existing facilities to produce a conventional film. The movie was filmed in England, not in the West Indies, using Disney's frozen U.K. profits.
The featured performance of Robert Newton as Long John Silver is so iconic that it is thought by many to be the origin of today's stereotypical "Arrrrr"-laced pirate patois.
There are no women characters in the entire movie. The only women seen are extras.
Bobby Driscoll only had a 3 month work permit in the UK so all his scenes were filmed first, a long way out of continuity, in order to complete his role in time.
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Robert Newton would later reprise his role as Long John Silver in Long John Silver (1954) and The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955).
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The name 'Long John' refers to cannibalism. This is reinforced when Ben Gunn mentions that Long John Silver will treat him like 'pork' if he finds him. Human flesh supposedly tastes like pork and cannibals referred to humans as "long pig" which is why anyone who has practiced cannibalism had the nickname "Long". So "Long John Silver" had, at one time, eaten human flesh.
Most of the long shots of Bobby Driscoll were actually his double.
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Long John Silver claimed to have served with Hawke. Hawke was a naval officer best remembered for his victory over the French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759.
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Billy Bones tells Jim not to 'peach' on him. 'Peach' is a shortening of 'appeach' meaning 'to inform on'.
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John Howard Davies, who had starred with Robert Newton in Oliver Twist (1948), was sought to play Jim Hawkins.
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Walt Disney considered putting in a brief animated sequence, as he had with his previous live action movies, Song of the South (1946) and So Dear to My Heart (1948). The animated sequence, "Reynard the Fox" would have been a story told to Jim by Long John Silver. Ultimately, Disney decided to leave out the "Reynard" tale, but the concept art developed by Disney's animators for the sequence later became the basis for Robin Hood (1973).
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Gus Walker, an apparently uncredited set builder, recalls getting a ladder so that Walt Disney could climb up and see for himself that roof tiles were painted and not real.
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One of the first Disney movies to be shown on television, this was first telecast in January 1955, as part of the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) television program. It was the first Disney live-action film to be shown complete on television, in two one-hour installments shown a week apart, rather than having the entire film on a single evening. It was broadcast again in the 1960s, in the same format, after the series had changed its name to "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" and the show had moved to NBC.
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The film takes place in May 1765.
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A bumboat is a small boat, used in ports to transfer supplies to ships at anchor.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 29, 1951 with Bobby Driscoll reprising his film role.
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Except for a brief appearance of Jim's mother at the beginning of the novel, there are no females in the story, which author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote as an adventure for boys. There are no females at all in the Walt Disney movie.
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Some critics felt Bobby Driscoll was out of place as the only American in the film.
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One of the first films to be re-released to theaters after being shown on television.
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There have been eight ships named Portland in the Royal Navy. Silver is most likely referring to the third one, a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1744.
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Howard Douglas replaced actor Caven Watson at short notice.
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Patrick Troughton (Roach) would later play Israel Hands in Treasure Island (1977).
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Along with "A Man Called Peter" filmmaker Ron Shelton claimed this as his favorite film.
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