Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, has been handsomely mounted by Walt Disney. Settings are sumptuous and a British cast headed by American moppet Bobby Driscoll faithfully recaptures the bloodthirsty 18th-century era when pirates vied for the supremacy of the seas. It was made in Britain with Disney and RKO frozen pounds.

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, has been handsomely mounted by Walt Disney. Settings are sumptuous and a British cast headed by American moppet Bobby Driscoll faithfully recaptures the bloodthirsty 18th-century era when pirates vied for the supremacy of the seas. It was made in Britain with Disney and RKO frozen pounds.

Stevenson yarn revolves around a squire and a doctor who fit out a ship to search for South Seas treasure on the strength of a chart obtained from a dying pirate.

Robert Newton racks up a virtual tour de force as Long John Silver. Likewise, Driscoll smashes across with a vital portrayal of Jim Hawkins, the saloonkeeper’s son who falls heir to a map leading the way to pirate treasure.

There’s no dearth of action in the footage.

Treasure Island

UK

Production

RKO/Walt Disney. Director Byron Haskin; Producer Perce Pearce; Screenplay Lawrence E. Watkin; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Alan Jaggs; Music Clifton Parker; Art Director Tom Morahan

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Bobby Driscoll Robert Newton Basil Sydney Walter Fitzgerald Denis O'Dea Finlay Currie
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