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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, 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
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Los hijos del capitán Grant  »

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This is the only filmed adaptation of the source French "Captain Grant's Children" ("Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant") novel by Jules Verne not have the book's or a similar worded title (e.g. The Children of Captain Grant (1996)). 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 »


Lord Glenarvan: Ridiculous! Why should a shark want to swallow a bottle?
Jacques Paganel: Ah, what was in his mind, I - I not know, I tell you only what was in his stomach.
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Version of Capt. Grant's Family (1936) See more »


Merci Beaucoup
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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A 10,000 mile mistake
22 August 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

First of all let me say that any film with Maurice Chevalier will automatically get a look from me. Even though Hayley Mills was Walt Disney's number one star at the time, Chevalier's international status as a performer guaranteed him top billing. The younger cast members had a lot to do in keeping up with him.

Robert Gwillim who is a sea captain and father to Hayley Mills and Keith Hamshere has been lost at sea for many years now and who knows where in this wide world with 5/6 of it covered by ocean. But a swallowed bottle with a note that was found in the belly of a shark by scientist Maurice Chevalier sends the three of them in search of Gwillim's employer Wilfrid Hyde-White to finance an expedition to search. Said note leads them first to South America and then to Australia because Maurice misreads the clues. He did that a lot in this film, an occupational hazard with eccentric scientists.

This was the Magic Kingdom's second dealing with a Jules Verne story, the first being the classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Sad to say while In Search Of The Castaways has some interesting moments and in spots looks more like an Indiana Jones film, it does not make it above the juvenile level. Watching it today, I expected to see Harrison Ford ride in with bullwhip cracking to save the whole kit and kaboodle of them from villain George Sanders.

Maurice's first mistake took them 10,000 miles out of their way. It's not often one gets a second chance there.

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