Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island transfers easily from the page to the screen in this first sound version of the classic adventure tale. Wallace Beery plays the famous Long John Silver and Jackie Cooper takes the role of the doughty Jim Hawkins. The film opens at a rough-and-tumble coastal pub where young Jim meets the drunken Billy Bones (Lionel...read more

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island transfers easily from the page to the screen in this first sound version of the classic adventure tale. Wallace Beery plays the famous Long John Silver and Jackie Cooper takes the role of the doughty Jim Hawkins. The film opens at a

rough-and-tumble coastal pub where young Jim meets the drunken Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore) and learns that the old rummy has a secret map of an island in the Caribbean where a trove was left by a well-known pirate. When Billy Bones dies, Jim and two friends book passage on a ship run by Capt.

Smollett (Lewis Stone). What they don't know, at first, is that practically all of the ship's men are one-time associates of the late pirate and one step from being cutthroats. What's more, all of them want their share of the booty. A beautiful production, a fine score, and a strong script all

contribute to making this a respectable version of Stevenson's work.