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Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family | 17 August 1934 (USA)
Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), John Lee Mahin (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Long John Silver
Jackie Cooper ... Jim Hawkins
Lionel Barrymore ... Billy Bones
Otto Kruger ... Doctor Livesey
Lewis Stone ... Captain Smollett
Nigel Bruce ... Squire Trelawney
Charles 'Chic' Sale ... Ben Gunn
William V. Mong ... Pew
Charles McNaughton Charles McNaughton ... Black Dog
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Hawkins
Douglass Dumbrille ... Pirate of the Spanish Main (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Edmund Breese ... Pirate of the Spanish Main
Olin Howland ... Pirate of the Spanish Main
Charles Irwin ... Pirate of the Spanish Main
Edward Pawley ... Pirate of the Spanish Main
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Storyline

Former pirate Billy Bones boards at the seaside inn operated by Jim Hawkins and his mother and confides his dread of discovery by his old cohorts to the young boy. After Bones' death, Jim shares his treasure map with the reputable gentry, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who organize an expedition to recover the buried loot. Long John Silver, a charming but ruthless rogue, is able to infiltrate the ship with his pirate co-conspirators and mercilessly murders loyal crew members. In the subsequent struggle with the mutineers over the buried gold, half-witted marooned pirate Ben Gunn may hold the key to victory. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Sail The High Seas Of Adventure Again ! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Tesouro See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,537,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,957,320
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jackie Cooper was one of the few child stars to keep a successful Hollywood career after growing up, even starring in the TV series Hennesey (1959) for three years. See more »

Quotes

Jim Hawkins: [At the "Admiral Benbow" Inn, Jim comes into Billy Bone's room, sees him peering out the window with a telescope] What are you looking for?
Billy Bones: Huh? Strangers, sonny. Strangers. I don't like strangers coming aboard me suddenly. Makes my spine jump like a porpoise, it does. What might your name be?
Jim Hawkins: Jim Hawkins.
Billy Bones: Now, look here, Jim. You and me's going to be mates. You'll get a silver 4-penny bit every month if you watches out for strangers and comes and lets the old captain know when they tops the ...
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Version of Theatre Parade: Treasure Island (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Background music when the Hispanola leaves Bristol, England
Reprised when land is sighted
Reprised at the stockade when the Union Jack is raised
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The best of the rest, and top 10 of all time
25 June 2006 | by larryludwigpilotSee all my reviews

We would always gauge films with the old test of... if you were going to be shot off in a capsule into space and could only take 10 movies... this one would be the first I would chose. Dialog is excellent and follows the story from the book. Casting is spot on with the obvious out of the park home run for the choice of Wallace Beery as Long John Silver. The mark of his skill and acting in this film, is that even though he describes in some detail the murders he committed of his shipmates (there were too many to share the treasure) and is seen in the film.. as best as it was shown in the '30's... killing yet again... by the end of the film you have forgotten his evil. How can this happen? Simply because he is that wonderful in the part. Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson) as the bumbling Squire, and Harold Stone (Judge Hardy)round out the cast in glowing Technicolor. Jackie Cooper has been knocked for giving a "stiff" performance, but I thought he was great. Give the kid a break. Many great lines, memorable moments and favorite scenes that will stay with you long after the movie ends. This is one that I can happily watch once a week forever.

For me this will always be the classic and definitive version, everything else is just chasing this one and none have come close.


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