Val’s Mini-Post: Why The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1955, dir. Herbert B. Swope Jr.) Is On My Worst List Of 2019


I mentioned in my annual post about the “25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw In 2019” that I wound up seeing 1,266 films. I’m not up to writing lengthly posts at the moment, so instead, I thought I would take advantage of the excessive number of movies I watched to write some mini-posts from time to time about certain aspects of the films that I saw.

This was a 1955 TV Movie adaptation of The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. They left out the character of Tom, The Slave. I couldn’t believe it and even pulled my copy of the book to make sure I wasn’t imagining this character existed in the novel. I’m positive this was because of censorship, but it left me wondering why they even bothered adapting the novel if they were going to omit that character. It basically turns the story into one of a kid who runs away with two con artists that proceed to do shtick for the course of the film. I can only guess that they were desperate to have a movie made for the week and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn was not only pre-existing, but in the public domain. It’s kind of like when they used Jane Eyre to make I Walked With A Zombie (1941) expect it’s not creative or interesting. Despite seeing this during March of 2019, it stuck with me enough that I thought of it 9 months later.

One response to “Val’s Mini-Post: Why The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1955, dir. Herbert B. Swope Jr.) Is On My Worst List Of 2019

  1. Pingback: Lisa’s Week In Review: 1/6/20 — 1/12/20 | Through the Shattered Lens

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