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Long John Silver (a.k.a. Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island) is a 1954 American-Australian adventure film about the eponymous pirate Long John Silver, with Robert Newton repeating his starring role from Walt Disney's 1950 feature Treasure Island.

After the Treasure Island adventure, Long John Silver turns up on a British Caribbean island, where he hears that rival pirate Mendoza has taken the ship carrying the governor's daughter...and his young friend Jim Hawkins. Naturally, there's more to his rescue plan than meets the eye; he hopes to get a new ship and go back for more treasure...

The Movie Provides Examples Of:

  • Agent Peacock: Capt. Mendoza is a bloodthirsty and feared Pirate, but is also a dandy who dresses in gaudy finery.
    Don't be fooled by his fine feathers and plumage. He may seem a fop, but underneath he's as wily as a vulture.
  • Alliterative Name: Silver's long suffering girlfriend/meal ticket Purity Pinker.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Silver asks Jim to use a bedsheet to lower him Jim's room at government House to the ground. Jim ties the sheet around a pillar, but gets into an argument with Silver and pushes him off the balcony before he can climb down.
  • The Cabin Boy: Capt. Mendoza presses Jack into service as cabin boy.
  • Clothing Combat: When Israel Hands attempts to stab Jim, Jim pulls off his waistcoat and uses it to block the knife.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Captain MacDougall just happens to maroon Silver and his men on the same island that is the secret hideout of Mendoza and his crew.
  • Disney Villain Death: Israel Hands falls to his death from the cliff while attempting to stab Jim.
  • Eyepatch of Power: As might be guessed from his name, Silver's first mate Patch sports an eyepatch.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: After trying, and failing, to bribe the prison guard with a bottle of rum, Patch then smashes him over the head with the bottle and knocks him out.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind, Israel Hands is dangerous enough to keep Long John Silver and his pirates trapped in the stockade, and pursue Jim across the island and nearly kill him. And despite being missing a leg, Long John Silver is still one of the most devious pirates in the Caribbean.
  • Hook Hand: Purity Pinker's servant Ironhand has a hook for a hand.
  • Jolly Roger: Silver's crew run up the Jolly Roger after stealing Mendoza's ship. This shocks Jim, who believes Silver's story of raising money so he can travel to England and defend himself against false accusations of piracy. Silver makes them strike the Joly Roger and raise the Union Jack instead.
  • Money Mauling: Long John's men make improvised black powder grenades out of goblets filled with pieces-of-eight. They lob these into Mendoza's camp, and cut down Mendoza's men with coin shrapnel.
  • Morality Pet: Silver's desire to have young Jim Hawkins believe he is a hero stops him from backsliding into the worst aspects of piracy. For example, when Silver's crew run up the Jolly Roger after stealing Mendoza's ship, Jim is shocked as he believes Silver's story of raising money so he can travel to England and defend himself against false accusations of piracy, and Silver quickly makes them strike it and run up the Union Jack.
  • The Mutiny: Long John plots a mutiny on Captain MacDougall's ship. Hawkins discovers Long John's plan and tells the puritanical MacDougall, who decides to maroon Long John and his men on an island that is the secret hideout of Mendoza.
  • Named After the Injury: Silver's first mate Patch is nicknamed after his Eyepatch of Power, and Purity's servant Ironhand takes his name from his Hook Hand.
  • Person with the Clothing: Silver's first mate Patch gets his nickname from his Eyepatch of Power.
  • Prophet Eyes: Israel Hands' blind eyes are milky white with no pupils.
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  • The Remnant: When Silver and Jim return to Treasure Island, they find Israel Hands and a handful of pirates who survived the events of Treasure Island (1950) are still stranded on the island, and out for revenge.
  • Runaway Groom: Long John sets off on his second voyage to Treasure Island, avoiding his wedding to Purity Pinker, and barely escaping the alert local sentries. At the end of the film, Long John returns to Portobello as a rich citizen and dines with the Governor, during which it is implied that Silver received a pardon for his past crimes for the role he played in saving his daughter's life, and for a "generous donation to Government House" that served to "arm the harbor against pirates". He and Jim ride off again before Purity Pinker can pull a shotgun wedding.
  • Treasure Map: Long John has a map to a second treasure cache on Treasure Island; but needs a special medallion to decode it.
  • *Twang* Hello: When Mendoza's two men sweep the bottles off the bar in the tavern in Portobello, Long John stops them in their tracks by throwing a knife into the wall between their heads.
  • Villain Protagonist: Pirate Long John Silver hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.
  • You Have Failed Me: Two of Mendoza's men who defected to Silver's crew later abandon Silver and attempt to rejoin Mendoza. Mendoza says that any man loyal to him has a duty to kill Silver, which they have obviously failed, and has them shot.