Return to Treasure Island (1954)

75 mins | Adventure | July 1954

Director:

E. A. Dupont

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Production Companies:

World Films, Inc., Eclipse Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

Wisberg and Pollexfen's onscreen credit reads: "Written and Produced by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen." The first part of the film was very loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, while the main story involves characters who are purportedly descendents of those in Stevenson's story. Exterior sequences were shot at Palos Verdes, CA. Return to Treasure Island was the last feature film directed by E. A. Dupont (1891--1956), a German-born director and writer whose most famous work was the 1925 silent film Variety. ...

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Wisberg and Pollexfen's onscreen credit reads: "Written and Produced by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen." The first part of the film was very loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, while the main story involves characters who are purportedly descendents of those in Stevenson's story. Exterior sequences were shot at Palos Verdes, CA. Return to Treasure Island was the last feature film directed by E. A. Dupont (1891--1956), a German-born director and writer whose most famous work was the 1925 silent film Variety.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Jul 1954
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Daily Variety
22 Jun 1954
p. 3
Film Daily
28 Jun 1954
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 1953
p. 11
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jun 1954
p. 41
Variety
23 Jun 1954
p. 6
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1954
Production Date:
began late Jun 1953
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Eclipse Films, Inc.
16 June 1954
LP3953
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Pathecolor
Widescreen/ratio
1.75:1
Duration(in mins):
75
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In the 1700s, pirate Captain Flint returns to Treasure Island to bury more loot. After killing Long John Silver, whom he had marooned there, as well as his own seamen, Flint leaves the island with a map containing information about where he has buried the treasure. Two hundred years later, in England, Jamesina "Jamie" Hawkins, a direct descendant of Jim Hawkins, the young hero of the Treasure Island adventure, runs the Admiral Ben Bow Inn as a historic monument. Two competing thieves who attempt to steal Flint's map, which is on display there, become involved in a fight and are chased off. Later, one of the men returns and introduces himself as Clive Stone, an American writer noted for his research on pirate legends. Stone thinks that Flint's treasure can be located from clues in the map and marginalia in Flint's Bible. The other would-be thief, who is working for a blind man, returns at night to attempt to steal the map, but is surprised by Willie the caretaker, whom he kills. Determined to avenge Willie's death, Jamie agrees to work with Stone on the condition that she go with him. They fly to Los Angeles and leave from San Pedro on a chartered sailing ship for points south. On board, Jamie overhears three members of the crew plotting to take over the expedition from its skipper, Captain Cardigan, and informs Stone, who tells her that he will handle the situation. However, as they approach Treasure Island, Stone, who is actually Maximillian Harris, a former assistant professor of archaelogy, takes over the ship with the help of the three sailors, but cannot find the map. Meanwhile, on the island, ...

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In the 1700s, pirate Captain Flint returns to Treasure Island to bury more loot. After killing Long John Silver, whom he had marooned there, as well as his own seamen, Flint leaves the island with a map containing information about where he has buried the treasure. Two hundred years later, in England, Jamesina "Jamie" Hawkins, a direct descendant of Jim Hawkins, the young hero of the Treasure Island adventure, runs the Admiral Ben Bow Inn as a historic monument. Two competing thieves who attempt to steal Flint's map, which is on display there, become involved in a fight and are chased off. Later, one of the men returns and introduces himself as Clive Stone, an American writer noted for his research on pirate legends. Stone thinks that Flint's treasure can be located from clues in the map and marginalia in Flint's Bible. The other would-be thief, who is working for a blind man, returns at night to attempt to steal the map, but is surprised by Willie the caretaker, whom he kills. Determined to avenge Willie's death, Jamie agrees to work with Stone on the condition that she go with him. They fly to Los Angeles and leave from San Pedro on a chartered sailing ship for points south. On board, Jamie overhears three members of the crew plotting to take over the expedition from its skipper, Captain Cardigan, and informs Stone, who tells her that he will handle the situation. However, as they approach Treasure Island, Stone, who is actually Maximillian Harris, a former assistant professor of archaelogy, takes over the ship with the help of the three sailors, but cannot find the map. Meanwhile, on the island, the real Clive Stone, who was marooned there by Harris on a previous expedition almost a year before, is surprised by the arrival of two ships, Jamie's and a power driven boat containing the rival gang of thieves, led by the blind man, Felix Newman. While his rivals go ashore, Harris dynamites their ship and sinks it. When Jamie and Cardigan manage to escape from Harris, Cardigan is wounded and Jamie is recaptured by Newman's men. However, Clive is able to rescue both of them and explains how he happens to be on the island. He also reveals that Newman was on the earlier expedition as well. Jamie swims back to the ship and recovers the map from its hiding place and, while drying it over a fire, sees words materialize on it. Meanwhile, Harris is captured by Newman, whose blindness he accidentally caused. When Newman and his men attack Clive's camp, demanding the map, Cardigan is killed and Jamie and Clive are taken prisoner. Eventually, a compromise is worked out whereby Jamie and Clive are freed in exchange for the map. Unknown to Newman and his men, Jamie has copied the invisible code words which appeared on the map, and with Clive, she manages to break the code, which involves a series of clues to the treasure's location. Harris and Newman learn of the code's existence and argue about its interpretation. As they search for the treasure, Jamie and Clive create an elaborate booby trap in case they are followed, and although Harris discovers their trick, he allows Newman and his crew to be blown up. When Jamie and Clive eventually find a treasure chest in a cave, Newman and one of his men, who has also survived the explosion, find them and are joined by Harris and two of his men. A gunfight begins, during which Clive throws dynamite, causing a cave-in from which only he, Jamie and Harris survive. Thinking that they may be near the end of their lives, Jamie and Clive declare their love for each other. After Clive finds a cave pool which flows into the ocean and they start to escape, Harris is shot by the dying Newman. Later, Clive and Jamie retrieve the treasure, and with the crewman who had been left on board the ship, set sail for home.

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