Cinema: The New Pictures: Feb. 28, 1938

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

(Selznick International) is a slick-dandy, too-well-tailored dressing up of Mark Twain's homespun yarn. Its Hollywood pretty-prettiness needs more than anything else to have its face & hands rubbed in good Mississippi mud. But neither time, Technicolor nor cinema trickery can dim the essential vigor of Tom Sawyer. Tom's system for getting the fence whitewashed is still a U. S. classic of super-salesmanship. His mind is still happily mercurial, weighted one minute with the agonizing secret that Injun oe, and not good old Muff Potter, killed young Doc Robinson in the...