The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a 1938 American literature adaption directed by Norman Taurog starring Tommy Kelly in the title role. The screenplay by John V.A. Weaver was based on the classic 1876 novel by Mark Twain. The picture was the first film version of the novel to be made in color. It was remade in 1973 as a musical.
Time Out London called the film "extraordinarily handsome to look at, with exquisite Technicolor camerawork by Wong Howe and some imaginative designs . . . [it] has its longueurs, but it does capture the sense of a lazy Mississippi summer and much of the spirit of the book, with Jory making a superbly villainous Injun Joe." TV Guide described it as "a lively production featuring a quick pace, a chilling climax, and a surprising amount of wit." It received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, and the Venice Film Festival Mussolini Cup for Best Film.
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