Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday's Film Adaptions: By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman

In this rollicking adventure set during the California Gold Rush, Jack's aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion to meet her debts. She is still unable to raise enough money to pay her creditors, and twelve-year-old Jack goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed?

This new edition features illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Arabella Flagg and her 14-year-old brother, Jack, are left orphaned and penniless when their grandfather dies in Boston in 1849. Determined to make his own fortune, Jack stows away aboard a ship bound for the California gold rush. He is followed by the family's very proper butler, Eric Griffin, who becomes the ship's cook. Also aboard is the nefarious Judge Higgins, a thief with a disguise for every imaginable crooked caper.

Release Date: March 8, 1967
Release Time: 108 minutes

Roddy McDowall as Bullwhip Griffin
Suzanne Pleshette as Arabella Flagg
Bryan Russell as Jack Flagg
Karl Malden as Judge Higgins
Harry Guardino as Sam Trimble
Richard Haydn as Quentin Bartlett
Mike Mazurki as Mountain Ox
Hermione Baddeley as Miss Irene Chesney
Alan Carney as Joe Turner
Cecil Kellaway as Mr. Pemberton
Parley Baer as Chief Executioner
Arthur Hunnicutt as Referee
Dub Taylor as Timekeeper
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Bandido

Author Bio:
As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will make a special impact.

Sid Fleischman wrote his books at a huge table cluttered with projects: story ideas, library books, research, letters, notes, pens, pencils, and a computer. He lived in an old-fashioned, two-story house full of creaks and character, and enjoys hearing the sound of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Fleischman passed away after a battle with cancer on March 17, 2010, the day after his ninetieth birthday.

was the father of Newbery Medal winning writer and poet Paul Fleischman, author of Joyful Noise; they are the only father and son to receive Newbery awards.




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