Robinson Crusoe

on August 05, 1954 by BOXOFFICE Staff
   In 1659, a great storm blows a ship on the rocks near an island someplace in the New World. Robinson Crusoe is hurled on the beach of an island close by and spends the night in the jungle. The next morning, he makes his way to the wrecked ship, builds a raft and salvages supplies, finding no other survivors. Crusoe spends 18 years alone before he discovers cannibals are using the other end of his island for their "banquets" and he rescues a native who becomes his servant and is called Friday.

   Defoe's classic is brought to the screen again with color and action by Tepeyac Productions in Mexico. It is well done in a pedestrian sort of way but lacks cast marquee appeal. Dan O'Herlihy in the title role is convincing, but contributes no brilliant scenes to more his audiences and dramatize the emotional aspects of the castaway's situation. While there are few spots it cannot play, it is especially suitable for children's matinees and family drive-ins. The story is very much the same as the familiar one which has thrilled youngsters for two centuries. Adults who have read it will be curious and exploitation angles are legion for adroit showmen. Luis Bunuel directed.

   Storm-Raging Excitement! Torn From the Unforgettable Pages of the World's Greatest Adventure Story...Never Has One Man Faced Such Terrifying Perils, Lived Such an Amazing Story.

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