The Adventures of Long John Silver
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Created byMartin Rackin
Byron Haskin
Joseph Kaufman
Robert Louis Stevenson
Written byMartin Rackin
Kay Keavney
Directed byByron Haskin
Lee Sholem
StarringRobert Newton
Connie Gilchrist
Kit Taylor
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
ProducerJoseph Kaufman
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesIsola del'Oro
Treasure Island Productions
DistributorITV (1957) (UK)
Original networkABC
Original release1958 (1958) –
1958 (1958)

The Adventures of Long John Silver is a TV series about the Long John Silver character from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It was made in 1954 in colour in Australia for the American and British markets before the development of Australian television.[1]

Cast and characters

Newton and several of the other actors had the same roles as in the 1954 film Long John Silver, also shot in Australia.[2]

Broadcast history

The series was shown in the United States from September 22, 1955,[3] and in the UK on ITV in 1957. It was shown in Australia on the ABC in 1958, in the afternoon Children's TV Club. It was also shown on commercial regional TV in the mid to late 70s in Australia. In 1985 the series was repeated in the United Kingdom in a Saturday afternoon slot on ITV.

For much of its international audience, the series aired after the death of its star, Robert Newton, who had died of a heart attack in Hollywood in March 1956.


1"The Necklace"
Silver is arrested for murder
2"Pieces of Eight"
Silver and his crew search for Spanish gold with a sailor (Albert Garcia)
3"The Orphans' Christmas"
Hawkins and Silver help out at an orphanage run by a woman (Neva Carr-Glynn) who hates Christmas
4"Execution Dock"
Silver falls ill and has nightmares about being put on trial for old crimes[4]
5"The Eviction"
6"The Pink Pearl"
7"Tale of a Tooth"
8"Ship o' the Dead"
Jim sees a ship full of dead people but no one believes him
9"Sword of Vengeance"
Silver is captured by a French captain (David Nettheim)
11"Miss Purity's Birthday"
12"Dead Reckoning"
13"Devil's Stew"
14"Where Men Are Men"
15"The Master's Touch"
16"The Siege"
17"The Flag Flies Back"
18"The Fish Wife"
19"Dragon Slayer"
20"Temple of Evil"
21"To Purity, a Daughter"
22"Ties of Blood"
23"Strange Cargo"
24"Infernal Cargo"
25"The Crisis""

See also


  1. ^ Vagg, Stephen (14 April 2020). "Audio commentary for Long John Silver" (Podcast). Anchor FM.
  2. ^ Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood (Bear Manor Media, 2010) p40
  3. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 20–22. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
  4. ^ Execution Dock at Internet Archive