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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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Sail The High Seas Of Adventure Again !

Genres:

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

MGM boss Louis B. Mayer insisted on a happy ending, so there had to be a re-shoot. Wallace Beery so resented this that he sabotaged the extra work by blowing his lines, staying in his dressing room for hours or taking long breaks. As a result, what was scheduled as a one day shoot took four days. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Alexander Smollett: Lower the flag? Strike my colors? Not I, sir! We're without without provisions but we've plenty of powder and ball and, by heaven, sir, this spot is England!
[Salutes the Union Jack]
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of Theatre Parade: Treasure Island (1937) 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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Wallace Beery Waves The Jolly Roger
23 May 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

The most famous pirate in English literature sets sail across the High Seas of Adventure - bound for TREASURE ISLAND.

Robert Louis Stevenson's wonderful 1883 tale of devious deeds, derring-do & hidden doubloons is given a first rate production by MGM in this swaggering, boisterous film. Although many of the lead actors are American and make no pretense of hiding their Yankee accents, this in no way hinders the enjoyment or appreciation of the film's many qualities. The story has been necessarily streamlined a bit, but the excisions are judicious and the robust flavour of the original novel remains.

Bulbous & bulgy, with a gimlet eye & a baby's grin, Wallace Beery makes a unique Long John Silver. As willful as an infant and as ruthless as a Mafia don, he completely manages to steal every scene he's in. Acting as innocent as any cherub, he gleefully commits murderous mayhem at every turn, while hobbling about on his crutch in feverish pursuit of Flint's buried treasure. Beery had the rare - and enviable - ability to take a wretched sinner like Silver and transform him into a lovable old rogue. He makes this role his own and is unforgettable in it.

OUR GANG star Jackie Cooper makes a sturdy Jim Hawkins. His screen chemistry with Beery, so important to the plot, is still as good as it was previously in THE CHAMP (1931). Cooper was a talented child actor and could easily go from excited high jinks to blubbery tears with ease. Here, he gets to personify every lad's dreams of fabulous exploits & personal glory.

A trio of accomplished performers portray young Cooper's three friends: Otto Kruger as noble Doctor Livesey; Nigel Bruce as blustery, big-hearted Squire Trelawney; and Lewis Stone as sternly courageous Captain Smollett. All three acquit themselves very well.

Consummate character actor Lionel Barrymore adds another portrait to his gallery - that of the bullying, rumsoaked Billy Bones, whose possession of the treasure map is the instigation of the film's problems. Although the role is really quite brief, Barrymore makes the most of it, slashing wildly about with his cutlass and singing ‘Fifteen Men On A Dead Man's Chest' with passionate fury. It is a shame the plot gave him no scenes with Beery - they would have been memorable together.

Stevenson's story creates a few small, choice cameo roles which are here delightfully delineated - Charles McNaughton as the scurvy Black Dog; William V. Mong as the fearsome Blind Pew; and a terrific Charles ‘Chic' Sale as canny old Ben Gunn, all jerks and fidgets and ridden with fleas. Dorothy Peterson, a fine actress, plays Mrs. Hawkins.

The seafaring scenes on board the Hispaniola, filmed along the coast of California, are particularly well produced.


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