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I've seen three film versions of this classic - Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery (1934), Christian Bale and Charlton Heston (1990), and this 1950 version with Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton. This latter version will always be my sentimental favorite going back to my childhood. Plus nobody but nobody plays a pirate like Robert Newton. But I also like the 1990 version very much. It puts an entirely different perspective on the relationship between Long John and Jim Hawkins. It also has Christopher Lee as Blind Pew and Oliver Reed as Billy Bones who are great together in their brief time on screen.
The Movie that Typecast Robert Newton
Favorite movie of all time. Newton perfect for the role, even talks like a "Salty Dog" and is impossible to discern that he does not have a leg missing in either Long John Silver movie, they did such a good job of editing out that his leg was strapped behind his back.Johnny Depp has nothing on Newton, he could "out Pirate" him any day.