Review: ‘Huckleberry Finn’

Picture is a fairly close adaptation of the original Mark Twain work, but 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 for his years.

Picture is a fairly close adaptation of the original Mark Twain work, but 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 for his years.

Huckleberry Finn is naturally the dominating character in the story. Taken under the wings of Elizabeth Risdon and Clara Blandick for upbringing and an education, Mickey can’t stand for school and dressing up. When his father appears to demand money from the sisters, Rooney disappears. Meeting Rex Ingram, an escaping slave, pair start down the river on a raft.

Many opportunities for comedy situations are missed.

Rex Ingram stands out boldly in support. He gives an honest and effective characterization of the runaway slave.

Huckleberry Finn

Production

M-G-M. Dir Richard Thorpe; Producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Screenplay Hugo Butler; Camera John F. Seitz; Editor Frank E. Hull; Music Jerome Moross Art Dir Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Mickey Rooney Walter Connolly William Frawley Rex Ingram Lynne Carver
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