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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

I was unaware that this film was made in Technicolor, but when I began to watch it I guessed that maybe it was done in order to learn some of the technique of colour filming for the upcoming Gone With The Wind project which was about to begin at Selznick studios.

Just a guess, as I say, but Tom Sawyer was a nice surprise for me. It is a pretty good film in its own right as one might expect since Mark Twain is no slouch as a source.

May Robson as Aunt Polly was good casting as was Walter Brennan and the always evil Victor Jory. Has anyone ever seen Victor Jory play a role as a 'good guy' ? I found this an entertaining time spent and I recommend it even if you have seen it before. ;-)


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Comment by Dave Miller on September 7, 2008 at 8:48pm
This version of the Twain classic story is my favorite. I don't think they could have cast the movie any better. It followed the book nearly perfectly.
Comment by Roger L. Schoolcraft on September 7, 2008 at 3:44pm
I've always been a big reader and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is my favorite classic book. I consider this the best Tom Sawyer movie (though I may not have seen them all) and for awhile I kept wishing they'd bring it out on DVD so I could own a copy...however I've managed to see it on TCM a couple times in the last year or so which has satisfied my yearning to see it for awhile. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who liked Mark Twain movies or to people like me who have always enjoyed movies set in simpler times in small towns and such.
Comment by Bill on September 7, 2008 at 10:41am
I see that he was born in Canada and was both the boxing and wrestling champion of the Coast Guard during his stint. An interesting fellow.
Another guy I sometimes think of as a perpetual heavy is Howard da Silva
Comment by Dave Miller on September 7, 2008 at 9:29am
Jory most often played bad guys, but on occasion played a good guy. He starred in The Shadow movie serial, playing Lamont Cranston/Shadow. In another serial, The Green Archer, he was the hero too. I've seen him play both hero and villain in different Hopalong Cassidy oaters. He was a very versatile actor, capable of playing many various characters, good or bad.


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