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In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 21 December 1962 (USA)
In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writer:

Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Jacques Paganel
Hayley Mills ... Mary Grant
George Sanders ... Thomas Ayerton
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Lord Glenarvan (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Michael Anderson Jr. ... John Glenarvan (as Michael Anderson Jnr.)
Antonio Cifariello ... Chief Thalcave
Keith Hamshere ... Robert Grant
Wilfrid Brambell ... Bill Gaye
Jack Gwillim ... Captain Grant
Ronald Fraser ... Guard at Dockyard Gate
Norman Bird ... Senior Yacht Guard
George Murcell ... Ayerton's Assistant
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... Maori Chief (as Inia Wiata)
Mark Dignam ... Rich Man at Yacht Party
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Crooked Sailor
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Storyline

An earthquake, a flash flood, an avalanche, a volcano, alligators, jaguars, mutineers, and a man-eating Maoris dog the steps of a shipping company owner, a scientist, and the two children of a lost sea captain as they circle the earth along the 37th parallel per instructions in a bottled note the scientist has recovered from a shark's stomach. Only certain facts are discerned from the stained note, especially the words "37 parallel." Teen-age Mary Grant (Hayley Mills), her younger brother, Robert Keith Hamshere, and the scientist, French Professor Jacques Paganel (Maurice Chevalier), trick their way aboard the grand yacht, "Persevero," during a bon-voyage party to see the owner of the shipping company, Lord Edward Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White), the epitome of British aloofness. With the urging of his own son, John (Michael Anderson Jr.), Glenarvan's luxurious side-wheeler sets sail for the coastal town of Concepcion, Chile in the search for the missing Captain Grant. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Only Walt Disney could tell this incredible Jules Verne adventure! See more »


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Search for the Castaways See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,745,500
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second Walt Disney's studio film adaptation of a Jules Verne novel. The first was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The characters of Lord Ayerton and Captain Nemo later appeared together in Verne's novel "The Mysterious Island" (1874). Ironically, Disney never adapted this novel, though other studios have. Later, Disney would produce the Vernian-style motion-picture The Island at the Top of the World (1974). See more »

Goofs

While the captives swing the boy upside down towards a rocky mountain, there is no vegetation until the rope accidentally releases, then he lands in a large bush. See more »

Quotes

Lord Glenarvan: Earthquake? Who said anything about an earthquake?
Jacques Paganel: Ah... I'm so stupid... milord. I didn't realize it until later. The Indian. When he did uh, uh, that, you see? He did not mean it was cold, no. He meant: tranco *piray*: earth *quake*. This is the land of many earthquakes.
Lord Glenarvan: Oh gracious me.
Jacques Paganel: In the whole world, no place has such big, such beautiful, such magnificent earthquakes as right here. But - huh-huh! - it is one chance in a million we should be so *fortunate*.
Lord Glenarvan: Heh-heh. Ye - Ye - Yes, of ...
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Soundtracks

Grimpons!
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier and Hayley Mills
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A thousand thrills...and Hayley Mills!
28 June 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Wonderful Jules Verne fantasy via Walt Disney has jolly, ne'er-do-well Frenchman Maurice Chevalier helping two children convince a ship's captain that the kids' father, a captain lost at sea, is shipwrecked on an island near South America. The journey begins, and soon the whole gang faces every form of a raging Mother Nature trying to reach the castaway. Hayley Mills is near the peak of her ladylike charms here, never lovelier than when singing "Castaway" under the stars by guitar or cooking breakfast with Chevalier in a treetop. Maurice himself is a wily coot, and Wilfred Hyde-White is brusquely amusing. Well-produced yarn with fine effects does tail off in the second-half, but there are many requisite Disney-adventure pleasures to be had. Enjoy it! *** from ****


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