Cinema: Pasty Taste

HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Directed by J. LEE THOMPSON

Screenplay by ROBERT B. SHERMAN and RICHARD M.SHERMAN

It is safe to assume that Louisa May Alcott would have approved of this new screen version of Huckleberry Finn. "If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses," she said about his raffish novel, "he had better stop writing." Seeming to take the prim spirit of her outrage for their shaping force, the people involved with this movie have sanitized Huck's language and turned him into a nearly perfect little gent.

Other refinements abound. "There's no way in 1974 we could give...