Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

27 May 2011

The Briefest of Reviews from 1973

This is a Sherman Brothers musical (the gents behind the near-perfect Mary Poppins), but this film is rather awful. The kids are cute – particularly little miss Jodie Foster as Tom Sawyer's love interest – and I love Celeste Holm as always, but for some reason the film isn't underscored and so must of the time Tom Sawyer doesn't actually feel like a musical. The songs, in addition, are unmemorable – and that's generous.