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Treasure Island

  • Family
  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Byron Haskin
  • 95 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim HawkinsBobby Driscoll
Long John SilverRobert Newton
Capt SmollettBasil Sydney
Squire TrelawneyWalter Fitzgerald
Dr LiveseyDenis O'Dea
George MerryRalph Truman
Billy BonesFinlay Currie
Blind PewJohn Laurie
Israel HandsGeoffrey Keen
RedruthJohn Gregson
CadySam Kydd

Crew

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DirectorByron Haskin

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1950-07-12
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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