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Treasure of Matecumbe
Treasure of Matecumbe poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Produced by Bill Anderson
Ron Miller
Written by Don Tait
Starring Johnny Doran
Billy Atmore
Robert Foxworth
Joan Hackett
Peter Ustinov
Vic Morrow
Music by Buddy Baker
Cinematography Frank V. Phillips
Editing by Cotton Warburton
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) July 1, 1976 (1976-07-01)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Treasure of Matecumbe is a 1976 American family adventure film directed by Vincent McEveety and produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was based on the novel A Journey to Matecumbe by Robert Lewis Taylor. The filming locations were in Danville, Kentucky, Sacramento River at Colusa, California and Walt Disney Golden Oak Ranch in California. The final scene at a beached shipwreck was filmed at Walt Disney World's Discovery Island.


In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnie (Johnny Doran) becomes the unexpected heir to a map revealing treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe. Joined by four fellow adventurers, Davie begins his search for the treasure despite deadly interference by his late father's Civil War nemesis.

A boy named Davie and his companion, Thad (Billy Atmore) run away from their home on a Kentucky plantation to search for treasure. Davie and Thad board a steamboat to Louisiana, but wind up off the boat when they jump overboard to save Lauriette Paxton, a fellow passenger who is thrown overboard trying to stop a thief from stealing the boys' money. Paxton turns the boys in as runaways, but after they escape and secure employment as apprentices of the snake oil salesman Dr. Ewing Snodgrass (Peter Ustinov) and saving Davie's uncle from a Ku Klux Klan lynching, they earn Paxton's respect. Along the way they are chased by a carpetbagger named Spangler, an enemy of Davie's late father. A Yankee from the north, Spangler is hated by the proud confederate southerner Mrs. Paxton. The map leads them to an isle in Florida, where they dig for treasure.


  • Johnny Doran as Davie
  • Billy "Pop" Atmore as Thad
  • Robert Foxworth as Uncle Jim
  • Joan Hackett as Lauriette Paxton
  • Sir Peter Ustinov as Dr. Ewing T. Snodgrass
  • Vic Morrow as Captain Spangler
  • Jane Wyatt as Aunt Effie
  • Virginia Vincent as Aunt Lou
  • Robert DoQui as Ben
  • Mills Watson as Catrell
  • Dub Taylor as Sheriff Forbes
  • Dick Van Patten as The Gambler
  • George Lindsey as Coahoma Sheriff
  • John Myhers as Captain Boomer
  • Logan Ramsey as Coley
  • Valentin de Vargas as Charlie
  • Jonathan Daly as Paxton Farrow
  • Warde Donovan as Sheriff Coffey
  • James Brodhead as Groom
  • John Steadman as Guide
  • Rex Holman as Informant
  • Clint Ritchie as Flatboat Leader
  • Ken Renard as Customer
  • Brion James as Roustabout
  • John Hayes as Mule Driver
  • John C. Flinn III as Spangler's Men
  • Louie Elias as Spangler's Men
  • Richard Wright as Spangler's Men
  • David S. Cass Sr. as Spangler's Men
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