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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 3 August 1960 (USA)
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.


Michael Curtiz


Mark Twain (novel), James Lee (screenplay)

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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


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


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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 »


Box Office


$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


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Just before Huck and Jim jump off the riverboat, Huck puts on his pants. We hear a "snap" as he snaps his pants. He then zips up his zipper. Neither snap fasteners or zippers were in use at the time (1851). See more »


Version of Tom Sawyer (1907) See more »


I'll Wait for You by the River
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Dolores Hawkins
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Entertaining adaptation of Twain's classic novel
26 April 2018 | by weezeralfalfaSee all my reviews

This is one of a number of film adaptations of Mark Twain's classic novel of the same title. I haven't seen any others to compare. Although Eddie Hodges, as Huck Finn, and Archie Moore, as African American slave Jim, are the principle characters, I vote for Tony Randall as giving the stand out acting performance, as con man the 'King', along with his accomplice Mickey Shaughnessy, as the 'Duke'........In general, I found it an entertaining experience. Neville Brand plays Huck's scary ne'er do well alcoholic father, Papy, who is always criticizing Huck. He even accuses Huck of murdering his mother, since she died in childbirth. Jose Hutchinson plays the widow Douglas, who takes Huck in, being essentially an orphan. Jim, slave to the widow, runs away after he heard that she was planning on selling him to raise money to meet Papy's demand for not taking Huck way. Jim is also accused of probably murdering Huck, in Huck's staged suggestion that he had been attacked and thrown in the river. These two runaways meet and steal a raft to float down the Mississippi.......I have several reality issues to discuss. Jim's stated goal is to float down to Cairo, Illinois, a free state, and head north. But, Hannibal , Missouri, where he started from, is well north of Cairo. So, why couldn't he simply raft over to the Illinois side of the river and claim freedom?? 2)Jim recognizes the corpse in the derelict house boat they run into as being that of Papy, and refuses to allow Huck to see in that room. How did Papy's corpse wind up there? He lived in a shack. 3)Why are the King and the Duke on the steamboat that picked up Huck and Jim? They were arrested by the sheriff and presumably put in jail, unless they simply paid a fine for impersonating, with the intent of robbing an inheritance. See it In color at YouTube

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