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Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, The (BBC 1960, Fred Smith, Mark Strotheide)

This very well remembered take on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was set in the late 19th century and was based on the much loved novel by Mark Twain.

The stories follows young scallywag Tom Sawyer who gets mixed up in adventure with his best friend Huck Finn in the American South, getting into trouble and helping saved the much maligned slave Injun Joe.

A classic BBC treatment across seven episodes means that the story stays remarkably faithfull to the book.

production details
UK / BBC / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 July – 4 September 1960 in black and white

Writer: C.E. Webber / Novel: Mark Twain / Production Design: Archie Clark / Music: Peggy Seegar / Producer: Dorothea Brooking

cast
FRED SMTIH as Tom Sawyer
MARK STROTHEIDE as Huckleberry Finn
BETTY HARDY as Aunt Polly
LINDSAY SCOTT-PATTON as Sid
LORNA HENDERSON as Mary
JANINA FAYE as Becky Thatcher
CARLA CHALLONER as Susan
WENDY TURNER as Amy Lawrence
JOHN BENNETT as Injun Joe
MALCOLM RANSON as Billy Fisher
DEERING WELLS as Judge Thatcher
FREDDY ELDRETT as Joe Hutchens
STAN LITTLE as Johnny Baker
MICHAEL PHILLIPS as Jim Holles
ERIC DODSON as Mr Walters
IVOR SALTER as Minister
MIKE TAYLOR as Jeff Thatcher
JOHN EVANS as Bob Tanner
DIANA BEAUMONT as Mrs Thatcher
STRATFORD JOHNS as Defence Counsel
MICHAEL SEGAL as Prosecuting Counsel
TERENCE GREENIDGE as Clerk of the Court
BARRY CANTON as Joe Harper
PHILIP RAY as Mr Jones
JOHN LEVITT as Mr Jones’ First Son
BILL CORLETT as Mr Jones’ Second Son
BARBARA CAVAN as Widow Douglas
WILLIAM FORBES as Ned
DOUGLAS DENTON as Ben Rogers

THE EPISODES
1. CLEVER TOM (24 July 1960)
2. A CURE FOR WARTS (31 July 1960)
3. THE SAVING OF MUFF POTTER (7 August 1960)
4. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (14 August 1960)
5. NOBLE TOM (21 August 1960)
6. BURIED TREASURE (28 August 1960)
7. LOST AND FOUND (4 September 1960)