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In Search of the Castaways (1962)

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In 19th century England young Mary Grant and her brother Robert Grant embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father,sea captain Grant,who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lord Glenarvan (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
John Glenarvan (as Michael Anderson Jnr.)
Antonio Cifariello ...
Keith Hamshere ...
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Guard at Dockyard Gate
Norman Bird ...
Senior Yacht Guard
George Murcell ...
Ayerton's Assistant
Inia Te Wiata ...
Maori Chief (as Inia Wiata)
Mark Dignam ...
Rich Man at Yacht Party
Michael Wynne ...
Crooked Sailor


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 discern 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 <>

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A Thousand Thrills, And Hayley Mills!


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21 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Los hijos del capitán Grant  »

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One day on set, Hayley Mills almost accidentally burned down her dressing room. After filming a scene in which her clothes became soaked, without thinking, she put a pair of wet trousers on top of an electric heater before leaving the room. If it had not been for a crew member noticing the smoke which began to billow out of the room, Mills' dressing room, and possibly part of the set itself, could have been destroyed. See more »


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 »


Mary Grant: Here we are, all of us together.
John Glenarvan: All of us. Did you ever see so many stars?
Mary Grant: Once, on top of a mountain.
John Glenarvan: Did you know that down there out of the light, you can see the Southern Cross?
Mary Grant: Southern Cross?
[they stroll off, alone]
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Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier, Michael Anderson Jr., Keith Hamshere and Hayley Mills
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A good old British adventure
15 May 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie for the first time and found very enjoyable and it is a good old adventure movie. The only thing I didn't like about it were the songs, which seemed pointless and did not fit in with the storyline.

An excellent cast, which includes Hayley Mills (Tiger Bay), Wilfred Hyde White (North West Frontier), George Sanders (Village of the Damned) and Wilfred Brambell (Steptoe and Son). All play excellent parts and they seem to be enjoying themselves. The special effects are excellent too.

While searching for Hayley Mills's dad, the expedition encounters dangers such as an earthquake, volcano, tidal wave and flood, cannibals, a leopard and a rather unfriendly giant eagle. They do find him at the end, alive and well.

I found this movie excellent but the songs do let it down slightly.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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