Treasure Island


1920

Brief Synopsis

Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 4, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Maurice Tourneur Productions
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; A Paramount-Artcraft Super Special
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (London, 1883).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Young Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run the Admiral Benbow Inn on the west coast of England. When former pirate Billy Bones is killed at the inn by other pirates seeking the map to the lost treasure of Captain Flint, Jim finds the map and turns it over to his mother's friends, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who organize an expedition to recover the treasure. Jim stows away aboard Livesey and Trelawney's ship, which is manned by a crew largely chosen by Long John Silver, a one-legged pirate posing as a cook. Silver's plans for a mutiny are discovered by Jim and reported to Livesey and Trelawney, who manage to hold the pirates at bay until they arrive at the island and take refuge in a shelter with Jim and the loyal crew members. A battle with the pirates results in the map being turned over to Silver and his gang, but the pirates are eventually routed, and Jim and the others find Flint's treasure through the services of Ben Gunn, a pirate who had been stranded on the island.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 4, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Maurice Tourneur Productions
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; A Paramount-Artcraft Super Special
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (London, 1883).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

Stevenson's novel was first published in serial form in the magazine Young Folks from July 1881 to June 1882 under the title "The Sea Cook or Treasure Island." Stephen Fox was a pseudonym for Jules Furthman. Announcements of the film's upcoming production in trade journals during September 1919 stated that Jack Holt would play Long John Silver and that Wallace Beery would play Israel Hands, though both roles were eventually filled by different actors. The film opened in New York on April 11, 1920, and some contemporary sources give that date for the film's release. For information on other film versions of Stevenson's novel, see the listing above for the 1918 Fox version.