Treasure Island (1934)





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This fifth film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island boasts an all-star MGM cast, headed by Wallace Beery as Long John Silver and Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins. The screenplay, by John Lee Mahin, John Howard Lawson and Leonard Praskins, remains faithful to the Stevenson original...up to a point. The story begins when drunken old sea dog Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore) drags himself into the seaside pub managed by Jim and his mother (Dorothy Peterson). After Billy is killed by the scurrilous Blind Pew (William V. Mong) and his henchmen, Jim discovers that the deceased ex-pirate carries a treasure map on his person. Together with Dr. Livesey (Otto Kruger) and Squire Trelawny (Nigel Bruce), Jim books passage on a ship captained by Alexander Smollett (Lewis Stone); their destination is the "treasure island" depicted on the map. Smollett doesn't like the voyage nor the crew, and not without reason: ship's cook Long John Silver has rounded up the crew from the dregs of the earth, fully intending to mutiny and claim the treasure for himself. A further plot complications awaits both treasure-seekers and pirates in the person of half-mad island hermit Ben Gunn (Chic Sale) who's already found the treasure and has stashed it away for himself. Towards the end, the plot strays from the Stevenson version in detailing the ultimate fate of ruthless-but-lovable Long John Silver. While consummately produced, Treasure Island suffers from overlength and a mannered performance by Jackie Cooper. Disney's 1950 remake with Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll is far more satisfying. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Jackie Cooper
as Jim Hawkins
Wallace Beery
as Long John Silver
Lionel Barrymore
as Billy Bones
Lewis Stone
as Capt. Smollett
Otto Kruger
as Dr. Livesey
Nigel Bruce
as Squire Trelawney
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Hawkins
Douglas Dumbrille
as "Ugly Israel" Hands
Edmund Breese
as Anderson
Charles Irwin
as Abraham Gray
Edward Pawley
as O'Brien
Richard Powell
as William Post
Jill Dennett
as Streetwalker
James Burke
as George Merry
John Anderson
as Harry Sykes
Charles Bennett
as Dandy Dawson
J.M. Kerrigan
as Tom Morgan
W.B. Clarke
as Allan
Yorke Sherwood
as Mr. Arrow
Tom Mahoney
as Redruth
Frank G. Dunn
as Hunter
Cora Sue Collins
as Child at Inn
Harold Entwistle
as Ship's Chandler
Harold Wilson
as Oldster
Bernice Beatty
as Woman at Inn
Vernon P. Downing
as Boy at Inn
Robert Bolder
as Mild Man at Inn
Edith Kingdon
as Wife at Inn
Wilson Benge
as Friend at Inn
Shirlee Simpson
as Woman Friend at Inn
King Mojave
as Pirate
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Critic Reviews for Treasure Island

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Spry adaptation of beloved pirate yarn has a treasured cast.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
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November 20, 2007

A quality Hollywood adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson kiddie classic.

Full Review… | July 15, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Treasure Island


This is the best adaptation out there with Jackie Cooper showing how child actors should act on screen. His chemistry wirh Wallace Beery is what makes the picture and it's pirates at sea looking for gold. What more can you ask for? Grade: A-

Calvin Cajigal
Calvin Cajigal

Shiver me timbers matey, this one contains every pirate cliche' you can imagine. Peg-legged rogues with parrots on their shoulders and rum bottles in their waistbands. Absolutely wonderful!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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This may not be the most faithful version of the famed book, but it is certainly one of the most colorful and entertaining. Wallace Beery is wonderful, and Jackie Cooper does a great job as well. Nicely paced, and a great deal of fun. A real classic.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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