Treasure Island

Film and television productions based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Treasure Island (1934)
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Director Victor Fleming; writers John Lee Mahin, John Howard Lawson, Leonard Praskins; featuring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Nigel Bruce, Otto Kruger

Treasure Island (1950)
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Director Byron Haskin; writer Lawrence Edward Watkin; featuring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Return to Treasure Island (1954)
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Director Ewald André Dupont; writers Jack Pollexfen, Aubrey Wisberg; featuring Tab Hunter, Dawn Addams

Long John Silver (1954)
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Also called Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island
Director Byron Haskin; writer Martin Rackin; featuring Robert Newton, Rod Taylor, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor

The Adventures of Long John Silver (1956–1957)
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TV series: Featuring Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor

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Tab Hunter and Dawn Adams show off their chest in 1954's non-sequel to Treasure Island.

Beach Blanket Treasure Island

Before anyone else could get out a sequel to Disney's very successful Treasure Island of 1950, a low-budget producer snuck in with this seeming followup.

To be fair, Return to Treasure Island (1954) does not pretend to be a continuation of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale but is an original story. It is not to be confused with the film Long John Silver that came out a month later and sometimes goes under a similar title.

The story jumps ahead a couple of centuries to take place in the present day (the 1950s, that is). The Admiral Benbow Inn is now run by a descendant of Jim Hawkins, one Jamesina (Jamie) Hawkins, played by B-actress Dawn Addams. Various thieving and murderous characters come around to the inn to steal the old treasure map Jamie's been keeping on display.

Again we get a race to the island, this time to find any treasure missed the first time. Various factions are involved, one of them including Jamie—that is, until they betray her. But she finds an unexpected ally on the island, not crazed castaway Ben Gunn, but blond beachbum and archeologist Clive Stone. Off come his beard and his shirt and, my god, it's Tab Hunter.

Together the two fresh-faced young people look like teen idols from a 1960s Beach Blanket movie. If they weren't always seeking treasure and being chased by bad men, we'd expect them to start dancing in the sand. One scene ramps up the sexual tension slightly by having Dawn, I mean Jamie, captured, tied up and whipped by sadistic bad guys.

There is a flashback scene featuring Captain Flint, whose treasure started it all, and briefly Long John Silver —but no return of Robert Newton.

For that we have to wait another six months....

— Eric

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Related:

Novel
Treasure Island

Author
Robert Louis Stevenson

Movies
Kidnapped

Movies
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Return to Treasure Island (1954, DVD)
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See also:

Novel
Robinson Crusoe

Movies
Robinson Crusoe

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