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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 3 August 1960 (USA)
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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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The most exciting adventures a boy ever had! Hilarious escapades, hair-raising adventures on the fabulous Mississippi! See more »


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Trivia

The four songs included in the film were originally intended for an M-G-M Technicolor musical version of "Huckleberry Finn" which was supposed to have been filmed in 1952, but was never made. It was supposed to have starred Dean Stockwell as Huck, William Warfield (fresh from his triumph as Joe in Show Boat (1951)) as Jim, and Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye as the two con men. The film was abandoned because Kelly wanted to take advantage of a tax deal that required that he work in Europe for eighteen months. 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 »

Quotes

Huckleberry Finn: I couldn't help a runaway slave, Jim. Why, folks'd say I was no better than a lowdown abolitionist.
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Connections

Referenced in Dan and Edna: Lesson 19 (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Huckleberry Finn
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Archie Moore
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Good down to earth family movie.
24 January 2009 | by corey-walkerSee all my reviews

I just watched this movie on Turner Classic Movies and I really enjoyed it. I don't know how closely it follows the book, as I haven't read this book, just "Tom Sawyer", but I find the movie to be a great family movie. It was fun watching Huck get out of one scrape just in time to get into another. He was always on the run, along with the Widow Douglas' slave, Jim. It made think back to my boyhood days and honestly, it made my boyhood adventures look dull. The plot hearkens back to a time when life was simple and offered more freedom to boys then today's world does. I'm not sure the movie is entirely realistic, but that's quite all right with me. The acting was well done, the colour quality was great for 1960, and the whole plot flowed quite smoothly. I didn't quite understand the ending, which I won't spoil for you. If you like tales of boyhood adventure from an America the world will never see again, you have to see Huck Finn. And it's got some of the greatest actors of the day in it as well. What more can you ask for.

10/10


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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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Budget:

$1,357,000 (estimated)
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Formosa Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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