Among the supplemental materials that enhance the Rare Book Room’s Mark Twain-Huckleberry Finn collection are posters, lobby cards and press kits from some of the film and stage versions of this famous American novel. Now on display in the Mark Twain Room are items of motion picture memorabilia from the films of 1931, 1960, 1974 and 1993, including copies of screenplays, pressbooks and lobby cards. Also on display is the print edition of the Tony award-winning musical production, Big River, from 1985, with soundtrack recordings and the musical score.
Actors such as Tony Randall, Jackie Koogan, Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance and John Goodman have all played various parts in the Huck Finn adaptations. A personal favorite, Harvey Korman and David Wayne as the King and the Duke in the 1974 Reader’s Digest/Arthur P. Jacobs production.