So Freely Adapted From the Novel as to Have No Relationship
If anyone has read the original story(and the only way I ever read it was through Classics Illustrated),then you'll see that this is more closely related to"Treasure Island",and every film made with Cooper and Beery than the grim story written by Captain Marryat.Where do we begin? 1.)The original story takes place on a guano island off the coast of Chile,during the 1820s,rather than on the Spanish Main during the late 1680s. 2.)The screenplay,dealing with a double-crossed pirate redeeming himself by raising and loving a shipwrecked boy,and helping him to become a responsible man,never took place in the original opus. 3.)The only incident taken from the book involves the loyal seal who sacrifices himself for his master from the sharks. 4.)We've got an old bandit,who becomes a loving dad,and helps his boy reach manhood,by giving up his own life. Marryat's book is a tale of loneliness,Victorian duty,sacrifice,emotional deprivation,and growing up with the absolute minimal amount of nurturance imaginable.It wouldn't have sold without any the romance and swashbuckling adventure given in this movie.
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