The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)


“Play hooky on Friday? Whitewash on Saturday! ” Aunt Polly

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy growing up in Missouri during the 1840’s causes much mischief among family and friends

My Take on it – This is a film adaptation of the famous Mar Twain novel about Tom Sawyer.

I read the book decades ago, but some of the segments of the story still stick out in my mind even after all these years.

This film does a great job portraying the story of Tom Sawyer especially from the perspective of how mischievous a child he was.

This version of the story manages to touch upon many of the sub-stories of the book and gives us a clear overview of the kind of things Tom did, both good and bad.

This adaptation gets the mindset of the people of the period and the landscape done right to help us believe that this is taking place in the days before the Civil War broke out.

This helps bring the characters and events to life right before our eyes.

Loved the fence story, the funeral story, the cave story and obviously the courtroom story to name a few.

The biggest problem I had with this film is the fact that it is only about 90 minutes and doesn’t manage to properly show us each of these small vignettes in his boyhood.

Many of them feel a bit too rushed or truncated due to time constraints which is a bit of a shame.

The way that the story unfold tho does allow us to get a firm understanding of who this mischievous character is deep down since we can see on numerous occasions how loyal a friend and companion he can be.

He is often willing to do all that is necessary to help others even when the cost to himself is quite high which shows how honorable a character he can be.

Bottom Line – Great portrayal of the way that Tom Sawyer was such a mischievous child. This adaptation manages to touch upon almost all of the vignettes detailed in the novel. The film gets much of the period and personalities right which helps bring these characters and events to life right before our eyes. The biggest problem here is the short run time since many of the vignettes feel a rushed and truncated instead of allowing the story to explore these events on a deeper level. The film also allows us to see that deep down, Sawyer is a loyal friend and companion and will do anything to help others from being hurt even at great costs to himself.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Beulah Bondi replaced an ailing May Robson, but when Robson recovered more quickly than anticipated, she returned to filming and replaced her replacement, much to Miss Bondi’s chagrin. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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