I watched the 1934 adaptation of Treasure Island today. Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone and Nigel Bruce star. The Wikipedia says there are over 50 versions of the book on TV and in the movies. That sounds like a lot and I've certainly watched a few of them. I recently found a copy of the 2012 BSkyB miniseries Treasure Island with Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver and YouTube provided a copy of the 1986 Disney - HTV Wales 10 part miniseries Return To Treasure Island, staring Brian Blessed as Long John Silver. That's certainly two different versions of Long John, I'll be bound. I hope to get to those stories at some time in the near future.
Victor Fleming was the director and he had a screenplay by John Lee Martin, John Howard Lawson and Leonard Praskins. Victor is more famous for a couple of films he directed in 1939: The Wizard Of Oz and Gone With The Wind. Of his films I guess I would rather watch Treasure Island more than once. I've certainly seen Gone With The Wind enough.
Jim Hawkins and his his mother run the Admirable Benbow tavern near the town of Bristol in England. A piratey type of fellow named Bill comes to the tavern and takes up a room over looking the sea. He pays Jim to keep an eye out for other seafaring men of a certain type but Jim fails and the pirates come calling. Bill drops dead leaving Jim and his mother with an unpaid bill. They dig into his chest, looking for money, and find a treasure map. Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney put together a ship and crew to go after the treasure. Long John Silver signs on as the cook and arranges for crew men already signed on to disappear so his own scummy villains could take their places.
When they near the island Jim overhears Long John's plotting to take over the ship. He warns the Doctor and the Squire of the dirty deeds. The few good men escape the ship for a fortified stockade on the island where the treasure is buried. The pirates find the remnants of the treasure chests but no gold or jewels. Eventually the good guys get the upper hand and most of the pirates are killed. It was a good rousing story and the good guys get the gold. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Sadly Jim lets Long John sneak off near the end. That kid's going to wind up in an alley with his throat cut if he keeps doing stuff like that.