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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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Cast

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
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
Yorke Sherwood
as Mr. Arrow
Tom Mahoney
as Redruth
Cora Sue Collins
as Child at Inn
Harold Entwistle
as Ship's Chandler
Bernice Beatty
as Woman 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
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Critic Reviews for Treasure Island

All Critics (4)

Spry adaptation of beloved pirate yarn has a treasured cast.

December 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

July 15, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Five minutes into the picture, I pretty much forgot about its 1934 production date and was caught up in the characters and story.

October 16, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Treasure Island

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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!

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