2 user 1 critic

Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)


(as Douglas Fairbanks Sr.),



On Disc

at Amazon


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A comedy in which a Catholic and a Jew marry, causing tension within both families.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Nancy Carroll, Jean Hersholt
Renegades (1930)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Four one-for-all and all-for-one privates in the French Foreign Legion are all in jail for disorderly conduct, but they break out and rejoin their regiment and fight off a band of marauding... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Noah Beery
Certificate: Passed Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempts to drive Daniel Brown to suicide.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Albert MacQuarrie, Kathleen Clifford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Maj. Pete Sandidge is a very able pilot who seems to have a streak of luck as far as flying goes. World War II is raging and Pete has come out of it pretty so far. He even has a beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson
Adventure (1945)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sea-going roustabout falls for meek librarian.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell
Red Dust (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond
Bombshell (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly
Test Pilot (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore
Reckless (1935)
Drama | Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone


Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
Himself (as Sojin)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

12 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Around the World in 80 Minutes  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$80,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fascinating footage 'midst Japanese japes
16 March 2010 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

This travelogue is weird, fascinating, fun and informative. Douglas Fairbanks combines vitally important documentary footage with hokey camera tricks and cheap wisecracks, calculated to provide something for both the highest and lowest brow in the audience.

The film starts in Honololu. We see and hear some ukelele players but (surprisingly) no hula dancers. During the voyage across the Pacific, Fairbanks (age 48) demonstrates some gymnastics with his astonishingly muscular body. We then tour Asia as far west as Calcutta, at which point the rest of the "around the world" trip is summed up with some gags and trick photography.

Fairbanks and his crew used an innovative sound-recording device, enabling audio recordings in remote parts of Asia. Yet some of this footage is silent. In Tokyo, Fairbanks has a brief reunion with Hollywood's silent-film actors Sojin and Sessue Hayakawa, but we don't hear their voices during their very brief appearance. We do hear, unnecessarily, a long speech in mumbled Spanish by a Filipino dignitary. We also hear a tone-deaf boy screeching in ungrammatical Chinese, and an untalented adenoidal Japanese woman attempting to sing and play a three-stringed pentatonic instrument. A Thai boxing match offers nothing interesting. Some other performances by various Oriental musicians and athletes are much more impressive.

Fairbanks keeps up a running commentary, filled with jokes about Prohibition. He makes a reference to Frank Tinney, a vaudeville blackface monologist who was already a has-been in 1931. At several points, silent footage is supplemented by gramophone recordings of American popular songs that ironically contrast with the action. We hear a band singing "Collegiate" over footage of Cambodian athletes.

There are some weird set pieces, such as Fairbanks on a giant map of Asia, chipping a golf ball from Manila to Bangkok. A scene of a tiger attack is blatantly fake, ending in a punchline conceding this. On two occasions, Fairbanks claims to be Graham McNamee, a real-life narrator of 1930s travelogues.

Fairbanks and director Victor Fleming capture impressive scenes of Asia's high cultures: the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Summer Palace, Sun Yat-Sen's tomb. Doug takes high tea with the Siamese royal family. We're also shown the grinding poverty and oppression in these same nations. One of Doug's wisecracks is perhaps more revealing than he intended: as soldiers march in China's civil war, Fairbanks comments that he wanted to play golf on one of the local golf courses, but the soldiers need it for a battlefield. A couple of his jokes about peasants and beggars are extremely insensitive. And we didn't need to see that shot of naked Asian children exposing their genitals. Fairbanks's thin high-pitched voice is at odds with his Olympian physique.

This film is a clever mix of anthropology, history, high culture, low sight gags and wisecracks, ensuring something for almost everyone. Footage of graceful Siamese dancers is intercut with a Mickey Mouse cartoon. I laughed when Doug's flying carpet is threatened by gunfire as it passes over gangland Chicago. (A reminder that we Occidentals are not so civilised.) My rating for this international mishmash: 8 out of 10.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page