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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 3 August 1960 (USA)
Mark Twain's 1851 story about two runaway friends, a fostered white boy and an escaped black slave, who sailed on a raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom and adventure.


Michael Curtiz


Mark Twain (novel), James Lee (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... The King of France
Archie Moore ... Jim
Eddie Hodges ... Huckleberry Finn
Patty McCormack ... Joanna Wilkes
Neville Brand ... Pap Finn
Mickey Shaughnessy ... The Duke of Bilgewater
Judy Canova ... Sheriff's Wife
Andy Devine ... Mr. Carmody
Sherry Jackson ... Mary Jane Wilkes
Buster Keaton ... Lion Tamer
Finlay Currie ... Capt. Sellers
Josephine Hutchinson ... Widow Douglas
Parley Baer ... Grangeford Man
John Carradine ... Slave Catcher
Royal Dano ... Sheriff of Harlan


Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most exciting adventures a boy ever had! Hilarious escapades, hair-raising adventures on the fabulous Mississippi!


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Release Date:

3 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi River, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,357,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,950,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,750,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Formosa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The riverboat used in the first scene is the one which was especially built for MGM's 1951 Technicolor remake of Show Boat (1951) and originally used in that film. It was also used in the films Raintree County (1957) and Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »


When Huckleberry catches up with Joe on his new raft, and jumps onto the pier, the water level is very low. Minutes later, when they head for the pier, the pier is almost submerged. Then, in the next shot, the water level is a bit lower. See more »


Version of Huckleberry Finn (1920) See more »


Huckleberry Finn
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Archie Moore
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A film legend does Mark Twain proud with this faithful adaptation.
30 October 2000 | by ram-30See all my reviews

From the man who directed "Casablanca" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" comes a colourful, humorous video version of Mark Twain's timeless novel. The casting is superb. It's hard to think of any other actors from the early 1960s in these roles, they are so well chosen. Especially impressive is pro boxer Archie Moore as Jim. His scene where he's talking about his deaf child is heart-wrenching, quite a feat for a cross over athlete. The child actor who plays Huck is very good as well. My honourable mention goes to Tony Randall and Mickey Shaughnessy who make a great comedy team as the King and the Duke. They are simply hilarious. Although many of Twain's adventures are deleted, most of the better known and interesting characters and scenes are included. Many of these characters are played by Hollywood legends like Sterling Holloway(the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Jiminy Cricket), Judy Canova, John Carradine, Neville Brand, and Buster Keaton. All in all, a highly recommended family film.

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