Cast & Crew
C. M. Franklin
At the Benbow inn, run by Mrs. Hawkins on the coast of England, seaman Bill Bones arrives and is attacked by a number of sailors in search of a map outlined by the notorious pirate Flint. In the scuffle, Mrs. Hawkins' son Jim gets possession of the map and flees with it to the home of Squire Trelawney, the father of Louise Trelawney. While the squire ponders the strange map, Jim is sent upstairs and falls asleep. Jim and Louise go to Bristol where they charter the Hispanola with a crew of carefully selected men and start for the mysterious island outlined in the map. After a long voyage, they reach the treasure island, and Jim goes ashore with several pirates while Louise stays aboard with Capt. Smollett. There Jim finds Ben Gunn, a marooned former shipmate of Flint, and makes a friend of him. The captain and Louise, fearing a mutiny by the crew, make for shore and take refuge in a stockade on the island. After many fights between the pirates and the honest members of the crew, Jim and Louise are finally reunited and, after finding the treasure in Gunn's cave, set sail for home.
Stevenson's novel first appeared as a serial in the periodical Young Folks under the title The Sea Cook or Treasure Island, between July 1881 and June 1882. Originally scheduled for an November 18, 1917 release, this film was delayed until January 1918 because of an order by the fuel administrator to close down all industrial establishments for five days. The Fox film printing plant was affected by this closing order, hence the delay. Other films based on the Stevenson novel include a 1920 version, directed by Maurice Tourneur (see listing below); a 1934 M-G-M production, directed by Victor Fleming; a 1950 Disney film, directed by Byron Haskin; the 1954 Australian production Long John Silver, directed by Haskin; and a 1972 British version, directed by John Hough.