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
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 23 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Hartford CT it first aired 8 February 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Phoenix 9 February 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Chicago 30 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Honolulu 11 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 12 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in New York City 8 July 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 7 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Altoona PA 4 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in San Francisco it was first telecast 6 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
I have seen most versions of Treasure Island. This is one of my favorites. Not what I would call erotic in any shape or form. Good Beery and Coogan vehicle with plenty of pirates and treasure hunting as other versions. The story line is not much different than any other. It seems a bit brighter and more lighthearted. Although none are very true to the story this one is a decent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson book. I happen to like the casting of Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone, and Nigel Bruce in this gem. Their defense of the Island Stockade is exciting. It has more replayability than all but a couple. It is great fun for the whole family for a lazy afternoon. A notch above most except perhaps the one with Charlton Heston. I certainly hope to see this on DVD since I would add it to my collection.
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