Review: ‘Tom Sawyer’

The Mark Twain classic has been shrewdly molded to the screen. It somehow crystallizes the essence of a work that is timeless in its human appeal.

The Mark Twain classic has been shrewdly molded to the screen. It somehow crystallizes the essence of a work that is timeless in its human appeal.

The picture is a real achievement for its director, John Cromwell, one of the stage directors who crashed Hollywood. Cromwell had a wild desire to do Tom Sawyer and the finished work has all the marks of a labor of love.

Picture was originally designed as the first of a series to bring the younger generation back to the talking screen. Story is splendidly acted by a great group of youngsters. Young Jackie Coogan plays Tom to the life but the secondary role of Junior Durkin as Huckleberry Finn [is also appealing]. Little Mitzi Green is rather lost in the child part of Becky Thatcher, built up somewhat for the film.

Tom Sawyer

Production

Paramount. Director John Cromwell; Producer Louis D. Lighton; Screenplay Sam Mintz, Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt; Camera Charles Lang; Editor Alyson Shaffer; Art Director Bernard Herzbrun, Robert O'Dell

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Jackie Coogan Junior Durkin Mitzi Green Lucien Littlefield Tully Marshall Clara Blandick
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