The Adventures of Long John Silver
The Adventures of Long John Silver is a TV series about the Long John Silver character from Treasure Island. It was made in 1954 in colour in Australia for the American and British markets before the development of Australian television.
|The Adventures of Long John Silver|
|Created by||Martin Rackin|
Robert Louis Stevenson
|Written by||Martin Rackin|
|Directed by||Byron Haskin|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Isola del'Oro|
Treasure Island Productions
|Distributor||ITV (1957) (UK)|
|Original release||1958 –|
Cast and characters
- Robert Newton as Long John Silver
- Connie Gilchrist as Purity Pinker
- Kit Taylor as Jim Hawkins
- Grant Taylor as Patch
- Eric Reiman as Trip Fenner
- John Brunskill as Old Stingley
- Harry Hambleton as Big Eric
Newton and several of the other actors had the same roles as in the 1954 film Long John Silver, also shot in Australia.
The series was shown in the United States from 1956, and in the UK on ITV in 1957. It was shown in Australia on the ABC in 1958, in the afternoon Children's TV Club. It was also shown on commercial regional TV in the mid to late 70s in Australia. In 1985 the series was repeated in the United Kingdom in a Saturday afternoon slot on ITV.
For much of its international audience, the series aired after the death of its star, Robert Newton, who had died of a heart attack in Hollywood in March 1956.
- Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood (Bear Manor Media, 2010) p40
- The Adventures of Long John Silver on IMDb
- The Adventures of Long John Silver at Classic Australian Television
- Adventures of Long John Silver at AustLit