Adventure on the Mississippi

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German title Adventure on the Mississippi
Original title The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1960
length 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Michael Curtiz
script James Lee
production Samuel Goldwyn Junior
music Jerome Moross
camera Ted McCord
cut Fredric Steinkamp

Adventures on the Mississippi (Original title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ) is an American film from 1960 . The film is a Michael Curtiz film adaptation of the well-known novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (original title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ) by Mark Twain . It is one of the director's last films.


Huckleberry Finn , or Huck for short, is a half-orphan and lives in the small town of Hannibal on the Mississippi . He grows up with the widow Douglas, who wants to teach him proper behavior, cleanliness, righteousness and piety. Huck's father is a drunkard who demands $ 500 from the widow if his son is to stay with her. But the widow has no money, so Huck's father suggests selling the slave Jim.

Jim notices this and escapes on a self-made raft. He wants to cross the river to reach a state where slavery has been abolished. Huck, who is beaten up by his father, joins Jim.

On their journey they meet two men. One pretends to be King of France, the other a Duke. The two impostors want to rob two young women of their inheritance. Huck and Jim initially participate, but then they let the plan blow up.

The two crooks are furious and now want to bring back the runaway slave Jim in order to collect the reward placed on him. But the two friends can evade the stalking of the crooks.


  • The film was not shot on the Mississippi, but on the Sacramento River and the Stockton Deepwater Channel .
  • The songs performed in the film were initially intended for a musical entitled Huckleberry Finn , which was to be produced by MGM in 1952 , but was not realized.
  • John Carradine and Harry Dean Stanton appear in supporting roles as slave hunters . Carradine played the Duke in the 1955 TV adaptation (see below).
  • After this film, the Oscar-winning Curtiz made three more films before he died in April 1962.
  • Film editor Steinkamp won the Oscar in 1967.
  • In addition to director Curtiz, art director George W. Davis, who even won two Oscars (1954 and 1960), was Oscar-winning; Set decorator Henry Grace won an Oscar in 1959, while his colleague Robert Priestley and Davis won two (1956 and 1958).
  • Franklin Milton was responsible for the sound. In 1960, 1964 and 1967 he won the Oscar. A. Arnold Gillespie , who was responsible for the special effects, won four Oscars in his career (1945, 1948, 1960, 1964).
  • Conrad L. Hall was not named in the credits . Hall was the camera technician for this film. In later years he became first cameraman and won three Oscars (1970, 2000, 2003).


"Film adaptation of Mark Twain's" The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ", told in colorful, atmospheric images. Somewhat simplified in the type drawing compared to the original, the film nevertheless makes it clear that the skin color is not a value feature. "

"Classics with expressive actors."

"Careful and appealing film adaptation of Mark Twain's novel" The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ", which is fun for ages 10 and up."

Other film adaptations of the book by Mark Twain

  • 1939: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - directed by Richard Thorpe - with Mickey Rooney
  • 1955: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - directed by Herbert B. Swope - with Charles Taylor
  • 1972: Sovsem Propashchly (USSR) - director: Georgi Daneliya - with Roman Madyanov
  • 1981: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - directed by Jack B. Hively - with Kurt Ida
  • 1985: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - directed by Peter H. Hunt - with Patrick Day
  • 1993: The Adventures of Huck Finn - directed by Stephen Sommers - with Elijah Wood
  • In addition, the character of Huckleberry Finn can be seen as a friend and partner of Tom Sawyer in other film adaptations of books by Mark Twain.


Individual evidence

  1. Adventure on the Mississippi. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 28, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Adventure on the Mississippi. In: Cinema. Retrieved October 28, 2017 .
  3. Munich, Review No. 754/1960

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