Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Byron Haskin (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An innkeeper's son discovers a map leading to notorious pirate Captain Flint's buried loot, and joins a seafaring expedition to find it. However, several of Flint's henchmen are among the crew, and under the leadership of the one-legged cook Long John Silver, they hatch a plan to steal the treasure. Disney adventure, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, with Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll.

Cast & 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
Redruth John Gregson
Cady Sam Kydd
Director Byron Haskin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama