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      Swiss Family Robinson

      1940 1h 32m Adventure List
      Reviews 30% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Worried about the social and political climate of their adopted home of London in the 1810s, Swiss-born watchmaker William Robinson (Thomas Mitchell) sets sail with his wife, Elizabeth (Edna Best), and three sons on a ship bound for Australia. When a violent storm washes the ship's crew overboard, the family becomes shipwrecked on a remote island. Using provisions and livestock rescued from their vessel, the Robinsons begin to build a new, self-sufficient life for themselves. Read More Read Less Watch on Disney+ Stream Now

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      Kat Halstead Common Sense Media Visually impressive for its time, this adaptation still proves reliable family entertainment, but is lacking the flair that might have made it a classic. Rated: 3/5 Sep 17, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kim T Yes this film is from 1940 and in black and white but it is very enjoyable. Simple yet entertaining. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/22/23 Full Review matt h So the 1960s movie is like one of my most favorite films from childhood. With Disney+ I didn't even know that this movie existed. Well I bet this is probably closer to the book but I'm not sure I liked it. The father was creepy and the mom was just blah in this version. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I cried many times during the film. It was excellent! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review r 9 I thought I'd give this a watch before watching the Disney remake, given they are both on the latter's streaming service. I like 1940's 'Swiss Family Robinson', though there are many ways it could be improved upon which is what I hope the 1960 production does. This one, made by RKO Pictures, is enjoyable. The action sequences look decent enough, the acting is solid while the premise is very intriguing. I rate the film almost from start-to-finish, the moments which make up that last part disappoints unfortunately - the ending doesn't really make sense. Thomas Mitchell (William) and Freddie Bartholomew (Jack) are my standout characters, both of those two give good performances. Edna Best & Co. are all fine, though. It's with Best's character that makes the finale poor in my eyes. I won't spoil what happens, but it doesn't work in my opinion - especially in connection with what else occurs. Those criticisms of mine stop me from placing this higher. However, it is still an entertaining flick from 1940. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review s r Ambitious, but it doesn't hold a candle to the 1960 version in terms of outright entertainment. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, if your having trouble sleeping, 'Swiss Family Robinson (1940)' will send you right to sleep. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Worried about the social and political climate of their adopted home of London in the 1810s, Swiss-born watchmaker William Robinson (Thomas Mitchell) sets sail with his wife, Elizabeth (Edna Best), and three sons on a ship bound for Australia. When a violent storm washes the ship's crew overboard, the family becomes shipwrecked on a remote island. Using provisions and livestock rescued from their vessel, the Robinsons begin to build a new, self-sufficient life for themselves.
      Director
      Edward Ludwig
      Producer
      Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 11, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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