Watch ‘Classic Novels’

(Above: Sabu as Mowgli in Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book.’ Source: YouTube trailer)

Watched any good books lately?

If not, we’d suggest visiting The Film Detective’s new “Classic Novels” library of 16 classic titles.

The movies cover five decades of cinema history, from a 1920 silent version of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel Last of the Mohicans to 1972’s Oscar-nominated Sounder, based on William H. Armstrong’s 1969 young adult novel.

Other titles include 1923’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a stellar performance by Lon Chaney in the title role of Victor Hugo’s 1831 classic; the 1942 live-action Technicolor spectacle of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 The Jungle Book, starring Sabu; and the Fleischer Brothers’ delightful 1939 animated musical comedy adventure, Gulliver’s Travels, based on Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire.

For a list of all 16 films, visit The Film Detective’s “Classic Novels” category.

We were a little dubious about the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk being called a novel, but happy nonetheless to see Abbott and Costello’s 1952 color version on the list.

Also note that when we attempted to watch the 1918 silent version of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 Little Women, we received instead a 1950 version from CBS’ Westinghouse Studio One.

You can find The Film Detective free, with ads online or via iOS, Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV. You can also subscribe to get it ad-free for $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year. For more info, visit

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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