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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.




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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
Senior Yacht Guard
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 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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21 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Los hijos del capitán Grant  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Wilfrid Hyde-White replaced Charles Laughton as Lord Glenarvan. Laughton was originally announced as the character but Laughton's illness and subsequent death forced Disney to replace him with Hyde-White. See more »


During their time in the tree, certain camera shots show Hayley Mills wearing a chain at her throat, while at other times, it's gone. 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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good family entertainment but no classic by any means
22 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

as far as family entertainment goes,you can't go wrong with this Disney offering.i wouldn't use the word classic to describe it though.it has some fun moments.it's fairly fast paced.but it does tend to get a bit silly at times and it's very predictable and repetitive and there is a bit too much singing involved for my taste.it's very dated,with effects that are definitely from the stone age.the acting is no great shakes either.in fact,it ranges from adequate too downright atrocious.still,it does pass the time,and there's nothing offensive so it's safe for all ages.if you can get around the silliness and the bad acting,you just might be able to kill 98 minutes.for me,In Search of the Castaways is a 5/10

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