Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (1938)

UA (Selznick International Pictures)

David O. Selznick's color production of the famous novel by Mark Twain is the first, best, and most faithful of the many Hollywood renditions.
 
Directed by Norman Taurog in a functional way, the film stars Tommy Kelly as Tom Sawyer and Jackie Moran as Huckleberry Finn.
 
The movie captures the sense of a Mississippi summer and the spirit of the adventurous book.
After accidentally witnessing a murder, Tom and Huck run away to become pirates, swearing to never reveal their secret. But when a man is wrongfully accused, they know they've got to come forward with the truth.
 
William Cameron Menzies and Lyle Wheeler oversaw the great Art Direction-Interior Decoration, which was deservedly nominated for an Oscar.  The stunning Technicolor camerawork is by Wong Howe.
 
Oscar Nominations: 1
 
Interior Decoration: Lyle Wheeler
 
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context:
 
The Interior Decoration Oscar went to another period piece, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," starring Errol Flynn.
 
 

 

 

 

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