The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Overview:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) was a Family - Adventure Film directed by William A. Wellman and Norman Taurog and produced by David O. Selznick.


After accidentally witnessing a murder, Tom and his pals Huck and Joe run away to become pirates, swearing to never reveal their secret. But when a man is wrongfully accused of the deed, they know they've got to come forward with the truth. A mostly faithful adaptation of the Mark Twain novel. William Cameron Menzies contributes wonderful art direction.

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Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionLyle WheelerNominated

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Beatrice on Nov 20, 2013 From Flickers in Time

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Directed by Norman Taurog Written by John V.A. Weaver based on the novel by Mark Twain 1938/USA Selznick International Pictures First viewing I had no idea what to expect from this and was very pleased with a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Twain’s novel. Tom... Read full article

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H.C. Potter was the initial director but quit over "Selsnickian interference." His footage (in black and white) was completely discarded.
Many disputes arose between photographer James Wong Howe and his associate, Technicolor photographer Wilfred M. Cline about which colors to use in wardrobe and sets. Cline wanted bright primary colors, while Howe insisted on subdued earth tones. Since Howe got his way, after one week they were not on speaking terms and The Technicolor Company banned Howe from shooting further pictures in color; Howe did not make another color film for 10 years.
Marcia Mae Jones was originally signed to play Becky Thatcher. Because of a growth spurt, she was recast as Mary Sawyer.
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Best Art Direction Oscar 1938

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