Cinema: Whitewash

TOM SAWYER

Directed by DON TAYLOR

Screenplay by ROBERT B. SHERMAN

and RICHARD M. SHERMAN

"You blink a tear and the boy is gone," moans the sound-track chorus as the stern-wheeler chunks off downriver. The boy will be back in a couple of weeks—he's just taking a vacation with Judge Thatcher and Becky—but the kind of minds who find it natural and necessary to turn Tom Sawyer into a musical cannot be expected to resist topping their concoction with a thick glop of Reddi-wip sentiment.

The entire film is an exercise in false nostalgia, the...

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