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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 3 August 1960 (USA)
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Mark Twain's 1851 story about two runaway friends, a fostered white boy and an escaped black slave, who sailed on a raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom and adventure.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Mark Twain (novel), James Lee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... The King of France
Archie Moore ... Jim
Eddie Hodges ... Huckleberry Finn
Patty McCormack ... Joanna Wilkes
Neville Brand ... Pap Finn
Mickey Shaughnessy ... The Duke of Bilgewater
Judy Canova ... Sheriff's Wife
Andy Devine ... Mr. Carmody
Sherry Jackson ... Mary Jane Wilkes
Buster Keaton ... Lion Tamer
Finlay Currie ... Capt. Sellers
Josephine Hutchinson ... Widow Douglas
Parley Baer ... Grangeford Man
John Carradine ... Slave Catcher
Royal Dano ... Sheriff of Harlan
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Storyline

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most exciting adventures a boy ever had! Hilarious escapades, hair-raising adventures on the fabulous Mississippi!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi River, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,357,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Formosa Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The four songs included in the film were originally intended for an M-G-M Technicolor musical version of "Huckleberry Finn" which was supposed to have been filmed in 1952, but was never made. It was supposed to have starred Dean Stockwell as Huck, William Warfield (fresh from his triumph as Joe in Show Boat (1951)) as Jim, and Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye as the two con men. The film was abandoned because Kelly wanted to take advantage of a tax deal that required that he work in Europe for eighteen months. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when Huck gets back to the raft after speaking to Jim for the last time, the raft is tied to the pier with rope. Huck didn't tie the raft to the pier when he jumped off the raft to go to Jim. See more »

Quotes

Huckleberry Finn: I couldn't help a runaway slave, Jim. Why, folks'd say I was no better than a lowdown abolitionist.
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Connections

Version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Huckleberry Finn
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Archie Moore
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Charming adaptation of Mark Twain's novel...
29 January 2010 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 1/27/2010 - 7 out of 10 (Dir-Michael Curtiz): Charming adaptation of Mark Twain's novel is fun and well played for the most part. The story revolves around an upstart boy of the title who has an alcoholic father and overly religious aunt that brings him to a point of faking his own death in order to escape and debark on an adventure to New Orleans by way of the Mississippi River. He brings along a slave named Jim and they meet up with various characters with Huck always playing himself out of messes by pretending and making up stories. Eddie Hodges as Huck and Archie Moore as Jim make up a good team as the pair who really need each other. Jim was blamed for Huck's death so his goal is to escape North into Illinois so he can be a free man as well escaping the law. Huck is just avoiding his sad life in hopes for an adventure. He actually makes the adventures happen as he goes along including an escapade with a couple of crooks posing as the King of France and a Duke. Huck is a pretty smart cookie, though, and knows when to escape from them but they come back later in the story to try and turn Jim into the authorities for the ransom money. Tony Curtis plays the King and is supposedly the star of the movie but doesn't really add much to the movie by his performance -- the real stars are the actors in the main characters already mentioned. When the movie ends, you want to carry on with the characters to see what happens to them next and this shows the true wealth of the story. I don't ever think Twain make a Huck 2 though, which is a shame.


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