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Long John Silver (1954)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 21 December 1954 (USA)
In this sequel to Treasure Island, Long John hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.

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Purity Pinker
Lloyd Berrell ...
Grant Taylor ...
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Israel Hands (as Rodney Taylor)
Harvey Adams ...
Sir Henry Strong
Muriel Steinbeck ...
Lady Strong
Henry Gilbert ...
Billy Bowlegs
John Brunskill ...
Old Stringley
Eric Reiman ...
Lanky pirate
Harry Hambleton ...
Big Eric
Syd Chambers ...
Ned Shill
George Simpson-Lyttle ...
Capt. Asa MacDougall (as George Simpson Little)
Tony Arpino ...
Mendoza pirate
Al Thomas ...
Mendoza pirate
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After the Treasure Island adventure, Long John Silver turns up on a British Caribbean island, where he hears that rival pirate Mendoza has taken the ship carrying the governor's daughter...and his young friend Jim Hawkins. Naturally, there's more to his rescue plan than meets the eye; he hopes to get a new ship and go back for more treasure... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Robert Louis Stevenson's immortal Long John Silver  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(photographed in) (Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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The film was originally to be made in Egypt, but it was decided to film in Australia instead to lower production costs. Egypt's relations with the West did not really begin to deteriorate until 1955, when the Nasser regime publicly recognized Communist China's claim to Taiwan and began importing arms from the Soviet Union via the Soviet client state of Czechoslovakia. See more »

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When Silver lays out the plan to 'El Toro' Mendoza to waylay Sir Henry's warehouse of jewels and rum, it called for two signal fires to send the governor's warships south as a diversion, while the pirates would head north toward the warehouse. However, only one signal fire was lit, which was the signal for Henry's men to go north as well. See more »

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Long John Silver: Now clear up them there shambles, or I'll feed you piecemeal to the rats in the cellar.
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Version of Return to Treasure Island (1954) See more »

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LONG JOHN SILVER (Byron Haskin, 1954) **1/2
6 May 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Flavorful but overlong sequel to the Walt Disney version of TREASURE ISLAND (1950), which had given Robert Newton his trademark role of R.L. Stevenson's one-legged pirate Long John Silver; unsurprisingly, being an independent production – filmed on a low budget in Australia – it wasn't up to the standards of the earlier film (or the equally well-regarded 1934 MGM version with Wallace Beery as Silver), despite employing the same actor and director!

While I haven't watched the Disney or MGM films in years, the pirate lingo here – and particularly Newton's hammy delivery of it – got to be a bit too much after a while; besides, Kit Taylor is pretty bland as Jim Hawkins (stepping in for Bobby Driscoll) and the DeLuxe color rather unattractive and cheap-looking (though the poor-quality print I watched didn't help matters any)! Slow-starting and altogether juvenile (particularly the subplot involving Connie Gilchrist, a hearty tavern-keeper hellbent on reforming – and marrying – Silver!), the film picks up steam during the second half with the pirates' return to Treasure Island (where they find Israel Hands, played by Rod Taylor – but I'm damned if I recognized him! – still alive but now a blindman and craving Hawkins' blood), which also serves as the site of their showdown with a rival band of cutthroats, headed by a Spaniard nicknamed "El Toro". Still, it's Newton's show all the way: his scenery-chewing antics make the film bearable, and he even went on to reprise his role yet again for a TV series…


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