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Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  17 October 1956 (USA)
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Adaptation of Jules Verne's novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Stuart
Ralph - Bank of England Governor
Ronald Squire ...
Reform Club Member
Basil Sydney ...
Reform Club Member
Roland Hesketh-Baggott - London Employment Agency Manager (as Noel Coward)
Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
Denis Fallentin -Reform Club Member
Hinshaw - Reform Club Aged Steward
Girl in Paris Railroad Station
French Coachman
Monsieur Gasse -Thomas Cook Paris Clerk
Tart - Paris
Flamenco Dancer (as Jose Greco and Troupe)


When this movie is made in 1956, one can circumnavigate the globe in a little less than two days. When Jules Verne wrote the story "Around the World in Eighty Days" in 1872, he predicted that one day man could accomplish the task in eighty hours, but which most considered folly to do in eighty days in current times... that is except for people like Englishman Phileas Fogg, a regimented man who believed all it would take is exacting work, the skills he possesses. He just has to make sure a train's schedule meets the required sailing schedule which meets the required coach schedule and so on. As such, he takes up what ends up being the highly publicized £20,000 wager from his fellow members at the London Reform Club to do so, losing the bet which would ruin him financially. Along for the ride is Fogg's new, loyal and devoted valet, the recently arrived Latin immigrant, Passepartout, who possesses unusual skills which could be major assets, but whose all consuming thoughts on the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Around the World in 80 Days  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$42,000,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(35 mm) | (with overture and exit music) | (video) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)| (optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)


(Eastman Color)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cameo role of the manservant that Phileas Fogg discharges at the beginning of the film was originally offered to Laurence Olivier, who turned it down. It was played in the film by John Gielgud. See more »


During the parade in San Francisco, the shadow of the camera crane is visible in the street. See more »


Princess Aouda: Have there been any women in his life?
Passepartout: I assume he had a mother, but I am not certain.
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Crazy Credits

The last line of dialogue is "This is the end". The closing credits then begin with the words WHO WAS SEEN IN WHAT SCENE ... AND WHO DID WHAT. The story is then recapped in 6 minutes of simple, minimally animated cartoon images, allowing the names of the many cast members who each appeared in just one scene to be shown in relation to that scene. Some of the crew credits (WHO DID WHAT) are interspersed with the cast credits. The very last thing shown is the film's title. See more »


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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
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known for its end credits and numerous cameos
14 August 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Around the World in Eighty Days' stars David Niven,Cantinflas, and Robert Newton (in his final role) but is mainly known for featuring zillions of people in cameo parts as Niven moves round his world trip.

You can spot ... Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, Ronald Colman, Gilbert Roland, Shirley MacLaine, Tim McCoy, Hermoine Gingold, Charles Boyer, Finlay Currie, Trevor Howard ...

Is it any good? Well, it is too long but gives a good attempt to present countries and travelling on a big scale. Niven is as charming as ever, while Cantinflas manages to stay irritating for three hours. Robert Newton as the obsessed Inspector Fix is entertaining but he'd done better.

One to watch at least once (and no doubt better than the recent remake). And the end credits by Saul Bass are superb.

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