The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

UK DVD cover

Directed by Norman Taurog

H.C. Potter (fired, uncredited) George Cukor (uncredited) William A. Wellman (uncredited)

Produced by David O. Selznick
Written by Mark Twain (novel)

John V.A. Weaver Marshall Neilan (uncredited)

Starring Tommy Kelly

Jackie Moran May Robson Ann Gillis

Music by Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) February 11, 1938
Running time 91-93 minutes
Country United States
Language English


The United Artists release includes most of the sequences familiar to readers of the book, including the fence-whitewashing episode; a wild raft ride down the Mississippi River; Tom and Huckleberry Finn's attendance at their own funeral, after the boys, who were enjoying an adventure on a remote island, are presumed dead; the murder trial of local drunkard Muff Potter; and Tom and Becky Thatcher's flight through a cave as they try to escape from Injun Joe, who is revealed to be the real killer.



Time Out London called the film "extraordinarily handsome to look at, with exquisite Technicolor camerawork by Wong Howe and some imaginative designs . . . [it] has its longueurs, but it does capture the sense of a lazy Mississippi summer and much of the spirit of the book, with Jory making a superbly villainous Injun Joe."[6]

TV Guide described it as "a lively production featuring a quick pace, a chilling climax, and a surprising amount of wit."[7]

It received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, and the Venice Film Festival Mussolini Cup for Best Film. All copyrights go to Wikipedia

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