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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939 film)

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Director  Richard Thorpe
Initial DVD release  August 26, 2003
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Drama, Family
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Country  United States
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Writer  Mark Twain, Hugo Butler, Waldo Salt
Release date  February 10, 1939 (1939-02-10)
Directors  Richard Thorpe, Michael Curtiz
Music director  Franz Waxman, Jerome Moross
Cast  Mickey Rooney (Huckleberry Finn), Rex Ingram (Jim), Walter Connolly (The 'King'), William Frawley (The 'Duke'), Lynne Carver (Mary Jane), Jo Ann Sayers (Susan)
Similar movies  Related Richard Thorpe movies

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1939 film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel of the same name, starring Mickey Rooney in the title role. The supporting cast features Walter Connolly, William Frawley and Rex Ingram. It was remade in 1974 as a musical.

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Cast

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  • Mickey Rooney as Huckleberry Finn
  • Walter Connolly as the 'King'
  • William Frawley as the 'Duke'
  • Rex Ingram as Jim
  • Lynne Carver as Mary Jane
  • Jo Ann Sayers as Susan
  • Minor Watson as Captain Brandy
  • Elisabeth Risdon as the widow Douglas
  • Victor Kilian as 'Pap' Finn
  • Clara Blandick as Miss Watson
  • Reception

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    Most critics found the film mediocre. B. R. Crisler of The New York Times felt that the picture was "more Mickey than Huckleberry" and called it an "average, workmanlike piece of cinematic hokum" that "affords little, if any, insight into the realistic boyhood world of which old Mark wrote with such imperishable humor." Variety wrote that the adaptation "has not been able to catch the rare and sparkling humor and general sincerity of the author's original. Furthermore, young Rooney seems too mature and assured in manner and expression for his years. Although he troupes in fine style, impression remains that it's a theatric presentation." Film Daily called the treatment of the story "very flat and mechanical and uninteresting," adding, "Mickey Rooney does his best, and his fans may accept him as he appears and think he is great. To the lovers of Mark Twain it can only prove a disappointment." Harrison's Reports called it "just fairly good entertainment." John Mosher of The New Yorker called it "a perfunctory, commonplace job, pretty creaky and in the manner of those revival pieces some think quaint ... Aside from being a step for Mr. Rooney, this picture accomplishes nothing."


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    References

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939 film) Wikipedia
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