Each month, the Courier-Post takes a look at items and their back stories not often seen by the public from the archives of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

The first film version of “Tom Sawyer” was a silent film released on December 10, 1917. This starred Jack Pickford as Tom Sawyer and Clara Horton as Becky Thatcher. It was produced by Jesse Lasky.

The Mark Twain Museum has a series of lobby placards sent to movie theaters to publicize upcoming movies. In this scene, Becky is admonishing Tom with “I’ll never speak to you again, so there!”

It is noteworthy that Jack Pickford was the younger brother of movie starlet Mary Pickford. However, Jack was frequently in trouble and died an early death as a result of drugs and alcohol.