The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

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In a small town on the Mississippi River, the troubles of young Tom Sawyer (Kelly) are often due to his half-brother Sid (Holt) informing on him. When his Aunt Polly (Robson), with whom Tom lives, orders the boy to whitewash the fence, he manages to convince his friends that it's a privilege rather than a chore, and they take over for him. He's smitten by newcomer Becky Thatcher (Gillis), but she spurns him when he lies about knowing passages from the Bible. However, when Tom takes the blame for something she did, she sees him with new eyes. Tom and his rapscallion friend Huckleberry Finn (Moran) go to the graveyard one night, and see Injun Joe (Jory) stab a man to death, then convince drunken Muff Potter (Brennan) that he committed the murder instead. The frightened boys flee, and vow never to mention what they saw. When both Tom and Huck get into more trouble, they head for an island to play pirates, accompanied by their friend Joe Harper (Rentschler). when they realize the townspeople think they've drowned, they decide to watch their own funeral service, but soon come out of hiding. Later, at Muff Potter's murder trial, Tom decides to testify; Injun Joe flings a knife at him, and escapes. On a school picnic in a cavern, Tom and Becky are separated from the others, and find a treasure chest full of gold--but they also find Injun Joe, hiding in the cave. He tries to kill them, but falls to his death. Back in town, Tom and Becky are greeted as heroes.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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United Artists

Cast

Walter Brennan
as Muff Potter
Victor Jory
as Injun Joe
Spring Byington
as Widow Douglas
May Robson
as Aunt Polly
Marcia Mae Jones
as Mary Sawyer
Margaret Hamilton
as Mrs. Harper
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Thatcher
Donald Meek
as Superintendent
Victor Kilian
as Sheriff
Tommy Kelly
as Tom Sawyer
Jackie Moran
as Huckleberry Finn
Ann Gillis
as Becky Thatcher
Cora Sue Collins
as Amy Lawrence
Charles Richman
as Judge Thatcher
Harry Myers
as Churchgoer
Mickey Rentschler
as Joe Harper
David Holt
as Sid Sawyer
Olin Howland
as Schoolmaster
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

All Critics (1)

Selznick's version of Mark Twain's famous novel is the first (and best).

Full Review… | June 22, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I'm currently reading a book on David O Selznick, and this was one of his productions, and it was free on youtube so i checked it out, plus i dont think id ever seen a full tom sawyer film, it's kinda crazy the racist things they got away with here, especially with the black boy, and naming a character injun joe, but kelly is really good as tom sawyer despite never acting before, but becky is kind of a useless twat, robson is real good as aunt polly, i never read the book and was never a huge fan of twain, but i guess it did an all right job

Daniel Sloyan
Daniel Sloyan

A little too much slapstick, but still pretty faithful to the book and pretty funny. Injun Joe isn't as scary now that I'm grown up. In fact he's almost laughably phony.

Gregory Bevier
Gregory Bevier

ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST VERSION OF THE CLASSIC MARK TWAIN STORY. THE CAST IS WONDERFUL, TOMMY KELLY IS A GREAT HUCK. MAY ROBSON SHINES AS AUNT POLLY AND WALTER BRENNAN IS EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS. VERY MEMORABLE PICTURE.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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