Treasure IslandDirector: Victor Fleming,
This fifth film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island boasts an all-star MGM cast, headed by Wallace Beery as Long John Silver and Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins. The screenplay, by John Lee Mahin, John Howard Lawson and Leonard Praskins, remains faithful to the Stevenson original...up to a point. The story begins when drunken old sea dog Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore) drags himself into the seaside pub managed by Jim and his mother (Dorothy Peterson). After Billy is killed by the scurrilous Blind Pew (William V. Mong) and his henchmen, Jim discovers that the deceased ex-pirate carries a treasure map on his person. Together with Dr. Livesey (Otto Kruger) and Squire Trelawny (Nigel Bruce), Jim books passage on a ship captained by Alexander Smollett (Lewis Stone); their destination is the "treasure island" depicted on the map. Smollett doesn't like the voyage nor the crew, and not without reason: ship's cook Long John Silver has rounded up the crew from the dregs of the earth, fully intending to mutiny and claim the treasure for himself. A further plot complications awaits both treasure-seekers and pirates in the person of half-mad island hermit Ben Gunn (Chic Sale) who's already found the treasure and has stashed it away for himself. Towards the end, the plot strays from the Stevenson version in detailing the ultimate fate of ruthless-but-lovable Long John Silver. While consummately produced, Treasure Island suffers from overlength and a mannered performance by Jackie Cooper. Disney's 1950 remake with Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll is far more satisfying.
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Cast & Crew
|Clyde de Vinna||Cinematographer|
|Dwight Franklin||Consultant/advisor,Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|John Howard Lawson||Screenwriter|
|John Lee Mahin||Screenwriter|
|Merrill Pye||Art Director|
|Harold Hal Rosson||Cinematographer|
|Herbert Stothart||Score Composer|
|Edwin B. Willis||Art Director|
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I had been searching for this version for a long time. Glad to find this well done movie with great stars. Great acting, accurate story line. Must see.
As a child, the movie was entertaining to me, since I had a deep fascination for pirates, and pirate lore. I grew older, and have read the book several times now, and thoroghly enjoy both the book and the original movie (the 1934 version). while some scenes are added to the movie that did not happen in the book, it does not change the storyline too much. The dialogue in this particular version is great. One can follow the movie, and hear almost every sentence spoken by the characters that Stevenson wrote. This movie is a classic, and hands down, the best Treasure Island. The sets are amazing, and the screenplay is as well. Something to keep in mind is that this movie was filmed in 1934--and the attention to detail on the sets is incredible. not too mention an all star cast and great performances. Cooper in his 2nd movie ever (he also played in the Little Rascals/ Our Gang shorts) acts very well for his age, and makes a great Jim Hawkins. Overall, it is one of my favorite movies of all time. (the others being Back to the Future, and The Blues Brothers). I hope it comes out on DVD sometime soon--i have watched the VHS version so many times, that the tape will wear out any time now.