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Huckleberry Finn is the 1974 musical film version of Mark Twain's American classic boyhood adventure story, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The movie was produced by Reader's Digest and Arthur P. Jacobs (well-known for his role in the production of the Planet of the Apes films) and starred Jeff East as Huckleberry Finn and Paul Winfield as Jim. The film contains original music and songs, such as Freedom and Cairo, Illinois, by the popular "Sherman Brothers," Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman.

This film followed the previous year's highly successful Tom Sawyer, based on Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which was produced and written by the same team and also starred Jeff East in the role of Huckleberry Finn.


Hucklberry Finn (Jeff East) a boy from Missourimarker who goes fishing and gets locked in the cabin from his nasty old Dad (Gary Merrill) and shots the horse riders with a Gun becomes friends with a slave Jim (Paul Winfield) rides on a log boat and lives at the scoundrels house (Harvey Korman, David Wayne) and cuts up the Mattress to take the money so he'll be rich.

Setbacks in the film's production

The 1974 musical faced numerous setbacks in production. The first of these was the sudden death of producer Arthur Jacobs half way through shooting. Another problem lay with director J. Lee Thompson who had problems with the synchronized musical direction. The third major problem was the unfortunate timing of writer Robert B. Sherman's artificial knee operation.

Without a producer, the film crew had difficulties managing the actors. Roberta Flack sang the classic, "Freedom" but insisted on having a guitar backing to her recording. She later threatened to sue if the Original Cast album was released with a dominant orchestral backing, and so although the album was recorded and printed, it was never released.

Despite these setbacks, the film still achieved some success and some of the film's songs, including "Freedom" are still considered classics.



The songs and score were written by the Sherman Brothers.
  1. Freedom. Sung by Roberta Flack. Flack did not approve of the musical arrangement and threatened a lawsuit if the Original Cast album were not remastered to her liking.
  2. Cairo, Illinois. Sung by Jeff East and Paul Winfield.
  3. Rotten Luck. It was sung by Gary Merrill. The entire song was filmed sans-sync except for the final line of the song in which we see Merrill look back at the cabin and say, "And now my luck... It ain't so bad!". The unsynchronized direction of this musical number did not work very well and did not seem motivated or natural.
  4. A Rose In A Bible.
  5. Someday, Honey Darlin'. Sung by Paul Winfield.
  6. Royalty!. Sung by Harvey Korman.
  7. The Royal Nonesuch. Sung by Harvey Korman.
  8. What's Right, What's Wrong? Sung by Jeff East.
  9. Into His Hands. Sung by Harvey Korman.

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