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According to a news item, this film was shot in Hannibal, Missouri. In Mar 1918, Paramount released a sequel to this film, Huck and Tom; Or, the Further Adventures of Tom Sawyer . William D. Taylor, the director of both films, conceived of the second story at the same time as the first, but decided there was too much material for one production. Where the characters overlapped, the same actors were used in both films. Among the many other film adaptations of Twain's novel are: Paramount-Publix's 1930 production Tom Sawyer , starring Jackie Coogan and directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5757); Selznick's 1938 production The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , directed by Norman Taurog; the 1973 CBS television movie Tom Sawyer , directed by James Neilson; and the 1973 United Artists musical Tom Sawyer , directed by Don ... More Less

According to a news item, this film was shot in Hannibal, Missouri. In Mar 1918, Paramount released a sequel to this film, Huck and Tom; Or, the Further Adventures of Tom Sawyer . William D. Taylor, the director of both films, conceived of the second story at the same time as the first, but decided there was too much material for one production. Where the characters overlapped, the same actors were used in both films. Among the many other film adaptations of Twain's novel are: Paramount-Publix's 1930 production Tom Sawyer , starring Jackie Coogan and directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5757); Selznick's 1938 production The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , directed by Norman Taurog; the 1973 CBS television movie Tom Sawyer , directed by James Neilson; and the 1973 United Artists musical Tom Sawyer , directed by Don Taylor. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
22 Dec 17
pp. 1304-05.
MPN
22 Dec 17
p. 4400.
MPN
29 Dec 17
p. 4434.
MPW
10 Feb 17
p. 866.
MPW
29 Dec 17
pp. 1995-96.
New York Times
3 Dec 17
p. 13.
NYDM
8 Dec 17
p. 16.
NYDM
15 Dec 17
p. 18.
Variety
7 Dec 17
p. 50.
Wid's
13 Dec 17
p. 800.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
By arrangement with Mark Twain Company
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Photoplay by
From the story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (San Francisco, 1876).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Oliver Morosco Photoplay Co.
Copyright Date:
7 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11703
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.33:1
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom, the rambunctious member of the Sawyer clan, takes it upon himself to teach the goody-goody boy of Hannibal, Missouri a lesson and, as Huckleberry Finn, his free-spirited best friend watches, pummels his foe to defeat. At school clever Tom makes mischief a regular practice, but as long as the punishment lands him next to his beloved Becky Thatcher, he remains carefree. After he is unfairly accused of his brother Sid's misdeed, Tom runs away with Huck and Joe Harper. Disguised as pirates, the trio builds a raft and sails down the Mississippi to a deserted island. Back at home, Tom's frantic Aunt Polly calls for a search, and cannons are fired into the river. When the search yields nothing, the boys are declared dead and a funeral is planned. At first tempted to reveal himself, Tom decides later to partake in his own memorial service, and as the townspeople mourn, he and his friends appear in the back of the church. Overcome with relief, Becky and Aunt Polly embrace Tom, forgetting to scold him for his ... +


Tom, the rambunctious member of the Sawyer clan, takes it upon himself to teach the goody-goody boy of Hannibal, Missouri a lesson and, as Huckleberry Finn, his free-spirited best friend watches, pummels his foe to defeat. At school clever Tom makes mischief a regular practice, but as long as the punishment lands him next to his beloved Becky Thatcher, he remains carefree. After he is unfairly accused of his brother Sid's misdeed, Tom runs away with Huck and Joe Harper. Disguised as pirates, the trio builds a raft and sails down the Mississippi to a deserted island. Back at home, Tom's frantic Aunt Polly calls for a search, and cannons are fired into the river. When the search yields nothing, the boys are declared dead and a funeral is planned. At first tempted to reveal himself, Tom decides later to partake in his own memorial service, and as the townspeople mourn, he and his friends appear in the back of the church. Overcome with relief, Becky and Aunt Polly embrace Tom, forgetting to scold him for his mischief. +

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