Tom Sawyer (1917 film)

Tom Sawyer is a 1917 American silent comedy-drama/adventure film starring Jack Pickford, Robert Gordon, and Clara Horton; it is based on Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Directed by William Desmond Taylor, the film was released by Paramount Pictures.

Tom Sawyer
Theatrical poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Screenplay byJulia Crawford Ivers
Based onThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
StarringJack Pickford
Robert Gordon
CinematographyHomer Scott (uncredited)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 10, 1917 (1917-12-10) (United States)
Running time
59 mins.
44 mins. (2000 alternate version)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Jack PickfordTom Sawyer
Robert GordonHuckleberry Finn
Helen GilmoreWidow Douglas
Clara HortonBecky Thatcher
Edythe ChapmanAunt Polly
Antrim ShortJoe Harper
George HackathorneSid Sawyer
Carl GoetzAlfred Temple
Olive Thomas[1]Choir member (uncredited)

Production notes

Tom Sawyer was filmed on location in St. Petersburg and Hannibal, Missouri in September 1917.[2]

Home media

The film was released on DVD in 2000 by the Library of Moving Images,[3] and again in 2006 by Unknown Video.[4]

See also


  1. Vogel, Michelle (2007). Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty. McFarland. p. 157. ISBN 0-786-42908-9.
  2. Wood, Bret. "Tom Sawyer (1917)". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. Thomson, Dave (2000). "Review". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. "Tom Sawyer". "Unknown Video". Retrieved 2007-07-14.

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