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Treasure Island (1934)

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 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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Adventure | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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

Long John Silver: A treaty's only good until you find a chance to break 'em, matey.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Version of L'île aux trésors (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May
(uncredited)
Music traditional
Words from poem "To Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick (1648)
Played on a mandolin and sung by Charles Bennett
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A map, a boy, a ship, pirates, treasure--and friendship.
24 July 2005 | by RebHarknessSee all my reviews

Yes, 9 stars from me, certain I am! This version's my favorite treasure-hunt-pirate movie, it ought to be on DVD just as it is, not colorized. I know, Beery's basically the same guy he played in most of his talkies. But someone at MGM had a flash of casting genius cuz Beery is the spittin' image of the Sea Cook in Winslow Homer's illustrations for the novel, and he wears the role like his favorite pair of--um--shoe. And even if the only English accents seem to come from Nigel Bruce (most prominently) and (who else? can't recall), somehow this cast makes their variety of UnitedStatesian accents work. They pull it off. There are a few differences between the novel and this movie version, but darn few and so what. There's no shortage of remakes & won't be. I'll take this version! Saw it on TV three or four times in my teen yrs, having read the novel when I was 12, and the differences were never significant to me. I've seen Disney's, which I liked on the Disneyland telecast, but, while Robert Newton is a definitive Long John Silver and the quintessential adventure-tale pirate--people today say Arrrr! because of his performance--Bobby Driscoll's Jim Hawkins never quite did the job in my opinion. (And Jack Palance is another great actor and his Long John Silver terrific but the version he's in is embarrassingly bad. Haven't seen the Charlton Heston.) Gotta go with this MGM version, Jackie Cooper's pout and all (but does Cooper have Presence!). From the opening scene, in which we are introduced to Jim Hawkins and Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore having the time of his life! and setting the standard for the rest of the cast), and the unfolding story giving us as motley & mangy a bunch of pirates as ever were--among them Charles McNaughton as Black Dog, Charles Bennett as a creepy Dandy Dawson, Douglas Dumbrille as Israel Hands, and "Chic" Sale as loony Ben Gunn--to the last frame of the last scene this is a downright exciting adventure, and I think it does Robert Louis Stevenson proud (yep, even w/the minor differences). To your kids: I suggest finding an edition of the novel w/ Winslow Homer's illustrations, read that first, cuz there's nothing like the original, with justright illustrations for a bonus, and your imagination. Then sit your parents down & watch this MGM version with 'em. You'll have a fine family evening. Yes, you will, sez I!! Now get me a noggin' o' rum!!!


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