Treasure Island (1938 film)

Treasure Island (Russian: Остров сокровищ, romanizedOstrov sokrovishch) is a 1938 Soviet adventure film directed by Vladimir Vaynshtok and starring Osip Abdulov, Mikhail Klimov and Nikolai Cherkasov. It is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The film was one of several British literary classics turned into films in the Soviet Union during the era. A number of changes were made to introduce anti-British elements and to promote Stalinist ideology. The book's character of Jim Hawkins is transformed into a young woman named Jenny, and the characters are attempting to find the treasure in order to fund an Irish and anti-British rebellion.[1] An English language version was directed by David Bradley.

Treasure Island
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Directed byVladimir Vaynshtok
Written byRobert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Oleg Leonidov
Vladimir Vaynshtok
StarringOsip Abdulov
Mikhail Klimov
Nikolai Cherkasov
Music byNikita Bogoslovsky
CinematographyMikhail Kirillov
Edited byM. Shitova
Release date
5 January 1938
Running time
92 minutes
CountrySoviet Union



  1. ^ Dobrenko & Balina p.243


  • Evgeny Dobrenko & Marina Balina. The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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