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The third most successful film at the American box-office for the year of 1962 only beaten by The Longest Day (1962) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
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Hayley Mills made this film about about shipwrecked castaways two years after her father, John Mills, starred in Swiss Family Robinson (1960) also made by Walt Disney about shipwrecked castaways.
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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.
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Third of six films that then child actress Hayley Mills made for the Walt Disney Pictures studio during the early-to-mid 1960s.
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Final cinema movie of New Zealand Maori actor Inia Te Wiata.
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Second Walt Disney's studio film adaptation of a Jules Verne novel. The first was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The characters of Lord Ayerton and Captain Nemo later appeared together in Verne's novel "The Mysterious Island" (1874). Ironically, Disney never adapted this novel, though other studios have. Later, Disney would produce the Vernian-style motion-picture The Island at the Top of the World (1974).
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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.
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The Sherman Brothers - Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman - composed four songs for the movie. These included "Enjoy It", "Merci Beaucoup", "Grimpons" (aka "Let's Climb") and "Castaway" (as well as "The Castaway Theme").
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According to the article the "Most Popular Films Of 1963" in the 3rd January 1964 edition of "The Times" of London, the picture was one of the top dozen movies in the UK for the 1963 year.
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The film was made and released about ninety-four years after its source Jules Verne novel "Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant" ("Captain Grant's Children") had been first published in 1868.
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One of a number of Walt Disney productions made about castaways. These include the studio's hit 1960 family castaway film Swiss Family Robinson (1960), their 1962 movie In Search of the Castaways (1962), Shipwrecked (1990), The Castaway Cowboy (1974) and The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980).
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The name of the steam paddle-boat owned by Lord Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White) was "Persevero II".
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The location where the castaways were marooned in the Ombu Tree was latitude 37 degrees south - longitude 66 degrees west.
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', obstacles that the castaways had to survive included "giant condors, jaguars, flood, lightning, crocodiles, an avalanche, an earthquake, a huge waterspout, mutiny by Grant's former quartermaster, imprisonment by unfriendly Maoris and an erupting volcano".
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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)).
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By 1962, most theatrical films were shot for projection in either anamorphic or spherical widescreen. Despite the spectacle aspect of this production, aided by Peter Ellenshaw's special effects, the film was shot, surprisingly, in the standard academy (1.33:1) format.
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The information contained in the message in the bottle was the latitude of the 37th Parallel.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads GLASGOW 1858.
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Despite being third on the cast and main titles, George Sanders does not turn up until over a hour in the film.
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