Huck and Tom (1918)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Adventure  |  
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Advertised as a sequel to director William Desmond Taylor's Tom Sawyer, Huck and Tom was actually an extenuation of the earlier film, utilizing incidents from Mark Twain's novel that had gone unfilmed the first time around. Repeating their roles from Tom Sawyer are Jack Pickford as Tom and Robert Gordon as Huck, neither of whom were exactly the adolescents depicted in the novel. Having witnessed a graveyard murder committed by Injun Joe (Frank Lanning), the superstitious heroes swear each other to secrecy. But when town drunk Muff Potter (Tom Bates) is accused of the killing, Tom and Huck put their own lives on the line to finger the guilty party. Injun Joe escapes prosecution, only to meet his doom at Tom's hands in a spooky old cave. Apparently, director Taylor was unhappy with both Tom Sawyer and Huck and Tom, and when time came for him to film Huckleberry Finn in 1920, he did his best to correct the "mistakes" in the two earlier films.

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graveyard, justice, killing, treasure, witness