OT: Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn


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Slightly off-topic, but the Sherman Brothers songs from Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn is about to be releae. I know a lot of us are fans of their work, so I thought there would be some interest. I've been waiting for this for a long time!

From the Varese Sarabande web site:

A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's TOM SAWYER
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Featuring Original Songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Music Arranged and Conducted by John Williams

Featuring songs performed by
Charley Pride, Roberta Flack, Celeste Holm and Johnny Whitaker


?Warm, Bright, Tuneful, Cheerful Family Entertainment!? ? Los Angeles Times

Take an adventurous trip down the Mississippi River ? and into your own imagination ? with this heartwarming musical rendition of an American classic.

As Tom and Becky, Johnny Whitaker (Jody of TV?s Family Affair) and a young Jodie Foster (in one of her earliest screen appearances) lead the way through a wildly inventive series of tall tales and narrow escapes. Tom?s long-suffering Aunt Polly (Celeste Holm) does her best to raise her unruly nephew, all the while enduring one prank after another. But when Tom is witness to a ghastly crime, he is thrust into a new kind of adventure ? one that places him in a great deal of danger and forces him to leave his fishing poles and carefree days far behind.

Nominated for four Academy Awards, (including one for the score!) and featuring the memorable characters of Muff Potter and the mischievous Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer is ?a wholesome treat... a family movie made as well as a family movie can be made? (Rex Reed, New York Daily News).

Chock-full of endearing songs by legendary writing team (and brothers) Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Tom Sawyer brims with enthusiasm and heart! To elevate the songs to a truly symphonic level, composer John Williams was sought out to follow up the musical arrangements he supplied for the classic film version of Fiddler on the Roof. Williams won an Oscar for Fiddler and again exhibited his expertise here.

As a special bonus, this first-ever CD release of Tom Sawyer is accompanied by a second premiere! The 1974 sequel to Tom Sawyer was, of course, Huckleberry Finn and starred Jeff East, reprising his role from the previous film. The film also starred Paul Winfield (as Jim) and Harvey Korman. The brothers Sherman also returned to supply all new songs for Huck Finn?s river adventure. The entire soundtrack album to Huckleberry Finn ? featuring Freedom performed by Roberta Flack ? is also included on this CD, making this truly a must-have for fans of film musicals and the Sherman Brothers.

Catalog #: 302 066 601 2
Release Date: 08/31/04

Dr. Know

This was mentioned here already... see thread


I just wish Tom Sawyer would resurface on dvd!