ASIDE FROM that misleading moniker (in what ways were they New?), this was faultless frippery for long summer holidays off school, as endless as the river upon which Huck and pals went about their robbin’ and gallivantin’. Majored in lazy, steamboat-driven nostalgia, knickerbocker and waiscoat pranks, and general old timey boyhood shenanigans (the word is, for once, appropriate). This was the all-live action version, not the ’60s Hanna-Barbera special with cartoon backgrounds superimposed when the boys go through a cave into a standard “magical fantasy land etc.” Tall tales of note included Tom’s fence-painting con-trick and the ‘collect tokens and win a Bible’ debacle. “Come back with them eggs, ya thievin’ varmints!” Theme tune was the dreamiest bit of lolloping Americana ever.