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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

To avoid his abusive father, a rambunctious boy rafts the Mississippi River with a slave, encountering many wild characters.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Hugo Butler, Mark Twain (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Huckleberry Finn
Walter Connolly ... The 'King'
William Frawley ... The 'Duke'
Rex Ingram ... Jim
Lynne Carver ... Mary Jane
Jo Ann Sayers ... Susan
Minor Watson ... Capt. Brandy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Widow Douglass (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Victor Kilian ... 'Pap' Finn
Clara Blandick ... Miss Watson
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Storyline

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Huckleberry Finn See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM bought the rights to Mark Twain's novel specifically for Mickey Rooney. See more »

Goofs

Any student of Mark Twain, American history, and geography knows that Hannibal, Missouri, was in the northern part of the slave state, and Cairo, Illinois, was at the very southern tip of Illinois, a free state. Therefore, Huck and Jim did, indeed go down to Cairo. See more »

Quotes

Jim: I run off.
Huckleberry Finn: Jim!
Jim: I had to, Huck, I had to.
Huckleberry Finn: You can't do that! You belong to the women.
Jim: She was fixing to sell me, Huck. I heard her talking about it last night. She said she need the money bad. Had to give it to your Pap.
Huckleberry Finn: Oh.
Jim: If one of them slave traders got me, I never would get to that free state. I never would see my wife, or little Joey.
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Connections

Version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Jim's Song
(uncredited)
Written by Franz Waxman
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A shame. This movie does not follow much at all.
25 June 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

I am surprised that there is no other review for this movie and I am the first to post my opinion on this box office hit of 1939, a top 20 hit of its year. When I sat down to watch this adaptation of the famous Mark Twain novel, I knew the running time was under 90 minutes so I did not expect to get the full book which I have read but the cliff notes version which I have also read. But no, Louis B. Mayer just had to give it the MGM cornball effect with scenes which are not in the novel and which change the meaning and transformation of Huck's character. Mickey Rooney, the biggest child actor the movies have ever heard, and in my opinion, also the best it has had brings one of those flawless performances to the role. Rex Ingram makes for a good runaway slave Jim and the other performances are fine. Direction is pendant in the hands MGM journeyman - that is not a craftsman, not an auteur, imagination insignificant, camera angles; perfunctory, directing actors; left to your own devices - Richard Thorpe who had a long and healthy career in Hollywood. You wonder why? The first half does feel like a cliff notes version as the scenes skip through have a general lethargic pace but keeps your attention because the story is good anyway. The changes involve the capture of Jim and Huck's injury and the resolution of the aforementioned events. It is not what happens and tongue-in-cheek ending changes the message of Twain's classic. I won't say I didn't enjoy it. I just mean if you are going to alter a classic, you'd better come up with something better.


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