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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (UA 1938, Walter Brennan, Tommy Kelly)



After accidentally witnessing a murder, Tom and his pals Huck and Joe run away to become pirates, swearing to never reveal their secret. But when a man is wrongfully accused of the deed, they know they’ve got to come forward with the truth. A mostly faithful adaptation of the Mark Twain novel. William Cameron Menzies contributes wonderful art direction.

Legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe claimed he was banned from using Technicolor because of a bad rapport he had with that company during the making of this movie. He did not use color again until 1949.

production details
USA | United Artists | 91 minutes | 1938

Director: Norman Taurog
Producer: David O. Selznick
Original Story: Mark Twain
Cinematography: Wilfrid M. Cline, James Wong Howe
Music: Max Steiner, Franz Waxman
Script: John V. A. Weaver
Production Designer: Lyle Wheeler

Tommy Kelly as Tom Sawyer
Jackie Moran as Huckleberry Finn
Ann Gillis as Becky Thatcher
May Robson as Aunt Polly
Victor Jory as Injun Joe
Walter Brennan as Muff Potter
David Holt as Sid Sawyer
Victor Kilian as Sheriff
Nana Bryant as Mrs. Thatcher
Olin Howland as Mr. Dobbins – Schoolmaster
Donald Meek as Sunday School Superintendent
Charles Richman as Judge Thatcher
Margaret Hamilton as Mrs. Harper
Mickey Rentschler as Joe Harper
Marcia Mae Jones as Mary Sawyer
Cora Sue Collins as Amy Lawrence
Philip Hurlic as Little Jim