DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

KIM AKASS

MONIQUE NAZARETH

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
TREASURE ISLAND
June 27, 2014  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

In 1939, five years after making this cinematic adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson pirate adventure novel, Victor Fleming would go on to direct two movies that are even more classic: The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. (Not bad, for a same-year twofer.)  But you can see his visual flair, and love of both spectacle and character, in this movie as well. Young Jackie Cooper plays Jim Hawkins, the boy who becomes embroiled in adventure aboard a pirate ship captained by Long John Silver – played with glee by Wallace Beery. Lionel Barrymore co-stars as Billy Bones, and the whole movie still works.

 
 
 
 
 
Leave a Comment: (No HTML, 1000 chars max)
 
 Name (required)
 
 Email (required) (will not be published)
 
WDVAB
Type in the verification word shown on the image.