Treasure Island (1920)

Adventure | 4 April 1920

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HISTORY

Stevenson's novel was first published in serial form in the magazine Young Folks from Jul 1881 to Jun 1882 under the title "The Sea Cook or Treasure Island." Stephen Fox was a pseudonym for Jules Furthman. Announcements of the film's upcoming production in trade journals during Sep 1919 stated that Jack Holt would play Long John Silver and that Wallace Beery would play Israel Hands, though both roles were eventually filled by different actors. The film opened in New York on 11 Apr 1920, and some contemporary sources give that date for the film's release. For information on other film versions of Stevenson's novel, see the listing above for the 1918 Fox ... More Less

Stevenson's novel was first published in serial form in the magazine Young Folks from Jul 1881 to Jun 1882 under the title "The Sea Cook or Treasure Island." Stephen Fox was a pseudonym for Jules Furthman. Announcements of the film's upcoming production in trade journals during Sep 1919 stated that Jack Holt would play Long John Silver and that Wallace Beery would play Israel Hands, though both roles were eventually filled by different actors. The film opened in New York on 11 Apr 1920, and some contemporary sources give that date for the film's release. For information on other film versions of Stevenson's novel, see the listing above for the 1918 Fox version. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 Apr 20
p. 2290.
MPN
24 Apr 20
p 3739.
MPW
13 Sep 19
p. 1655.
MPW
5 Jun 20
p. 4682.
MPW
24 Apr 20
p. 560, 600
New York Times
12 Apr 20
p. 13.
Variety
16 Apr 20
p. 36.
Wid's
18 Apr 20
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 April 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 March 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14923
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run the Admiral Benbow Inn on the west coast of England. When former pirate Billy Bones is killed at the inn by other pirates seeking the map to the lost treasure of Captain Flint, Jim finds the map and turns it over to his mother's friends, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who organize an expedition to recover the treasure. Jim stows away aboard Livesey and Trelawney's ship, which is manned by a crew largely chosen by Long John Silver, a one-legged pirate posing as a cook. Silver's plans for a mutiny are discovered by Jim and reported to Livesey and Trelawney, who manage to hold the pirates at bay until they arrive at the island and take refuge in a shelter with Jim and the loyal crew members. A battle with the pirates results in the map being turned over to Silver and his gang, but the pirates are eventually routed, and Jim and the others find Flint's treasure through the services of Ben Gunn, a pirate who had been stranded on the ... +


Young Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run the Admiral Benbow Inn on the west coast of England. When former pirate Billy Bones is killed at the inn by other pirates seeking the map to the lost treasure of Captain Flint, Jim finds the map and turns it over to his mother's friends, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who organize an expedition to recover the treasure. Jim stows away aboard Livesey and Trelawney's ship, which is manned by a crew largely chosen by Long John Silver, a one-legged pirate posing as a cook. Silver's plans for a mutiny are discovered by Jim and reported to Livesey and Trelawney, who manage to hold the pirates at bay until they arrive at the island and take refuge in a shelter with Jim and the loyal crew members. A battle with the pirates results in the map being turned over to Silver and his gang, but the pirates are eventually routed, and Jim and the others find Flint's treasure through the services of Ben Gunn, a pirate who had been stranded on the island. +

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