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The Adventures of Huck Finn (1939) 1939

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4.4 out of 5 stars (63) IMDb 6.9/10

Mickey Rooney stars in Mark Twain's classic adventure story about a young troublemaker who helps a runaway slave escape to the North.

Starring:
Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Drama, Adventure, Kids & Family
Director Richard Thorpe
Starring Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly
Supporting actors William Frawley, Rex Ingram, Lynne Carver, Jo Ann Sayers, Minor Watson, Elisabeth Risdon, Victor Kilian, Clara Blandick, Erville Alderson, Arthur Aylesworth, Irving Bacon, Wade Boteler, Ed Brady, Harlan Briggs, Nora Cecil, Harry Cording, Frank Darien, Sarah Edwards
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on August 13, 2012
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As a young boy, I grew up surrounded by the adventures in Mark Twain's novels. I lovingly longed to live the lives of these young, impetuous boys and I envied their lust for life. As a child, the shock and danger and sheer wonderment of it all just envelopes you completely. As a young man (because I will always be young at heart regardless of the year I was born) with young children I want to fill their heads with the same infatuations I personally possessed. A great way to start is the corral them together and sit them before these wonderful old films that sport the spunk and childlike innocence that is not usually seen in children's fare these days.

`The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is a wonderful tale of excitement and danger and life lessons that I nearly forgot would come. That said, some of that wonderment is lost in the film's adaptation and I'm considering reading the novel to my daughter soon.

In the 1939 film version, Finn is played by Mickey Rooney. At the time, he was MGM's golden boy and in 1939 alone he made like six films, including `Babes in Arms', which earned him an Oscar nomination. Here he portrays Finn to perfection. I'm not normally overwhelmed by Rooney's talents, for I often find him hammy regardless of age (he hasn't changed much over the years), but he's wonderfully reigned in here and sells all of his key moments, even when the script is betraying him (his confession scene in the rain in particular is horribly undercut). The nostalgia of the film itself is a key driving force, and it doesn't lose that.
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MICKY ROONY is one of my all time favorite child hood actors . He depicted Huckleberry Finn just the way I have imagined Huck to be. I must have seen this movie 100 times in my life and just noticed that "Bobs Watson" was in it " he was one of Hucks mates in the movie" . Truly taken from the story matter that only Samuel Clemens could write . It has all the flavor of the 1800's Mississippi river life with its hardships , lazy days fishing , beauty of friendship , and the ugliness of slavery . Just a all around good movie.
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It was perfect casting with Mickey Rooney as Huck. Good cast and well done. Stayed true to Mark Twain's story. Okay all you PC nuts back off. If was a different time with different beliefs, get over it. The movie does well to give a feel to the times and place of the period. The rights to the script was purchased expressly for Mickey Rooney. The story has Huck faking his own murder to run away from his evil father and sail off down the Mississippi on a raft with his friend Jim, a runaway slave fleeing to his family in the north. Full of adventures Huck finds that they are after Jim because they think he killed Huck. Good fare. Little trivia fact Rex Ingram who played Jim was actually born an a riverboat on the Mississippi.
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I was a bit disappointed. It had good ratings and I mistakenly believed it was true to the book. The ending was completely different and the pivotal scene where Huckster asks Jim for forgiveness was completely omitted. They sanitized the slavery issue, which was the opposite reason Samuel Clemons wrote the book in the first place. I bought the 3 1/2 hour PBS version and looking forward to viewing it. This version was enjoyable to watch, however.
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This movie was good. HOWEVER, I have seen this movie before and it can tell that this copy was edited/censored as parts were missing. One such scene was when his school friend snuck up on Huck Finn you minutes later you see them starting to take off their cloths. What you were spose to see was all the boys sknny dipping in the Missippi. There were other parts missing but this was the main one and this version is the only one that shows the boys skinny dipping and swinging on ropes.
Thus this was truly a disappoint as not having the original. But it still sits in my DVD library.
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Great cast, solid performances all around. I love Rex Ingram's work in general and he's fine as runaway slave Jim here. Yet the story never quite "catches fire" for some reason (maybe Rooney being a bit too old to be a fully believable Huck?), hence 4 rather than 5 stars.
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It's a good movie it's hard to compeat with that old classic Tom Sawyer film with Tom Kelly in the lead but... For the batch of Huck Finn movies out there this one is on top of the heap hands down as Roger and Ebert would say two thumbs up .
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A very good movie based on a book about Huckleberry Finn. In this film Huckleberry Finn is played by Mickey Rooney, who finds out that he's not getting promoted from his teacher and it's ashamed to tell Widow Douglass who took him in as her son. Also she has a slave named Jim so they went down the Mississippi river to help Jim go free to his wife Jenny and his son Joey.
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