Treasure Island

  • U
  • Byron Haskin (1950)
  • UK
  • 95 min
Treasure Island
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This live-action Disney treatment of the classic tale owes its reputation to just one thing: Robert Newton's performance as Long John Silver. Here is the original, larger-than-life portrayal of the leering pirate rogue by the extraordinary Newton whose body lurches drunkenly and whose piglet eyes have the twinkle of gin. Newton did not have to act this way; he was pickled much of the time and this dedication to naturalism caused him to return to the part in a television series and a sequel, Long John Silver (1955). Apart from some pretty camerawork by Freddie Young, the rest of the production isn't much to shout about, and as Jim Hawkins, Bobby Driscoll is the worst sort of precocious American child star who, in real life, was headed for a very un-Disney future of drug addiction, poverty and an early death.

Plot Summary

Disney adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, starring Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll. Young Jim Hawkins embarks on a voyage to the Caribbean in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. But some of Flint's old crew, including rapscallion Long John Silver, are also on board.

Cast and crew


Jim Hawkins
Bobby Driscoll
Long John Silver
Robert Newton
Capt Smollett
Basil Sydney
Squire Trelawney
Walter Fitzgerald
Dr Livesey
Denis O'Dea
George Merry
Ralph Truman
Billy Bones
Finlay Currie
Blind Pew
John Laurie
Israel Hands
Geoffrey Keen
John Gregson
Sam Kydd


Byron Haskin

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U