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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Mark Twain's 1851 story about two runaway friends, a fostered white boy and an escaped black slave, who sailed on a raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom and adventure.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Mark Twain (novel), James Lee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... The King of France
Archie Moore ... Jim
Eddie Hodges ... Huckleberry Finn
Patty McCormack ... Joanna Wilkes
Neville Brand ... Pap Finn
Mickey Shaughnessy ... The Duke of Bilgewater
Judy Canova ... Sheriff's Wife
Andy Devine ... Mr. Carmody
Sherry Jackson ... Mary Jane Wilkes
Buster Keaton ... Lion Tamer
Finlay Currie ... Capt. Sellers
Josephine Hutchinson ... Widow Douglas
Parley Baer ... Grangeford Man
John Carradine ... Slave Catcher
Royal Dano ... Sheriff of Harlan
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Storyline

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The most exciting adventures a boy ever had! Hilarious escapades, hair-raising adventures on the fabulous Mississippi!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi River, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,357,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,950,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,750,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Formosa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The riverboat used in the first scene is the one which was especially built for MGM's 1951 Technicolor remake of Show Boat (1951) and originally used in that film. It was also used in the films Raintree County (1957) and Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »

Goofs

The first two times Huck has worn shoes, they've squeaked. When he's serving as a cabin boy, they don't. See more »

Connections

Version of Huckleberry Finn (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Pittsburgh Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Dolores Hawkins
(recorded for the film but not used)
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Such a Lot of World to See
24 June 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Mississippi River rafting with Eddie Hodges (as Huck) and Archie Moore (as Jim) impersonating Mark Twain's pair of runaway drifters. Despite the obvious attempt to be a classy production, with a well-intentioned assemblage of cast and crew, this version sinks like a pebble (if not a stone). It's overcast and miscast, but occasionally satisfying. Lucky young Hodges, who sang with Frank Sinatra, has a great scene with Andy Devine and Buster Keaton. Apparently, 20th century filmmakers were too shy to truly transfer all "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to film. What they hinted at (or left out completely) can be found by reading the book - or, if you're lazy, listen to a vocal version of "Moon River". We're after the same rainbow's end.

***** The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (6/17/60) Michael Curtiz ~ Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore, Tony Randall


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