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In real life the older Beery and child actor Cooper strongly disliked each other but their onscreen chemistry is unmistakeable.
Wallace Beery, a Hollywood veteran since the silent era has the role of a lifetime as the roguish but likeable Long John Silver complete with peg leg!! He is totally believeable and manages to make his character not only rough and gruff but appealing into the bargain. There has been criticism of Jackie Cooper's portrayal of Jim Hawkins from the point of view of him being both stiff and far too young for the character as depicted in Stevenson's novel. I feel he is excellent and manages to convey that sense of childish wonder at all the pirates doings around him while being able to reveal a commanding enough presence to keep us rooting for him as the action unfolds around him. I loved the Beery/Cooper combination in their other great classic "The Champ' but here they have less sentimental characters to work with and they both succeed wonderfully.
The film was a top budget production for the year and is directed with gusto by veteran director Victor Fleming who of course was responsible for some of the greatest of Hollywood classics like "Gone With The Wind" and many of the other classic Clark Gable productions . He manages a fine balance between the essential action of the story and the more genteel moments between the Beery and Cooper characters.Read more ›
Charles 'Chic' Sale creates the best image of Ben Gunn in the history of cinema. His Ben Gunn is hilarious and believable. The scene near the end with a huge wheel of cheese is a great find. Very inspirational performance, and definitely an influence on the Ben Gunn Society...
Overall the film is good too, pretty well rooted in the book. Some new dialog falls in quite nicely with the source, and Jackie Cooper delivers a few great lines, like the parodical "says them, says he, says I." The relationship of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver is the main emphasis of this production, and the ending diverges a bit from the book, but that doesn't spoil the story. Another winner from the great Victor Fleming.
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This is my favorite version of Treasure Island, as the utterly charming Wallace Beery alternately cons and protects the gullible, treasure-map-bearing Jackie Cooper. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zkribbler
Magical when I was a child! So glad I remembered this classic to show my son when he gets old enough!Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Blast
This is more than a classic, This movie had real ships. Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper along with the rest of the cast brought the book alive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jack W. Rohrabaugh
Wallace Beery at his best as Long John Silver. Jackie is perfect as young Jim Hawkins. The whole cast come together to make the best of all versions of Treasure Island.Published 10 months ago by William C. Ade Ttee
Very well mastered. The quality for an old film is quite good. The story doesn't change but it is a pleasure to watch.Published 11 months ago by DK
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