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The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.


George Lowe


Louis MacNeice (commentary)

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Cast overview:
Meredith Edwards ... Narrator (voice)
John Hunt John Hunt ... Himself (Army Officer)
George Band George Band ... Himself (Student)
Tom Bourdillon Tom Bourdillon ... Himself (Research Scientist)
Charles Evans Charles Evans ... Himself (Surgeon)
Alfred Gregory Alfred Gregory ... Himself (Travel Agent)
Edmund Hillary Edmund Hillary ... Himself (Bee Keeper)
George Lowe George Lowe ... Himself (Schoolmaster)
Wilfred Noyce Wilfred Noyce ... Himself (Schoolmaster)
Griffith Pugh Griffith Pugh ... Himself (Physiologist)
Thomas Stobart Thomas Stobart ... Himself (Film Technician) (as Tom Stobart)
Tenzing Norgay Tenzing Norgay ... Himself (Sherpa Sirdar) (as Tensing Norkay Sherpa)
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Himself (Doctor)
Michael Westmacott Michael Westmacott ... Himself (Statistician)
Charles Wylie Charles Wylie ... Himself (Army Officer) (as Charlie Wylie)


Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.

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Release Date:

7 December 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La conquête de l'Everest See more »

Filming Locations:

Himalaya Mountains, Nepal See more »

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Production Co:

Countryman Films,Group 3 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the "Daily Mail" newspaper is shown, Edmund Hillary's name is shown as Edward. See more »

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Awesome! Great shots of Everest. Treacherousness of climb comes through.
27 June 2002 | by busterclaudeSee all my reviews

Many climbers have made to the top of Mt. Everest; many with fantastic video or film. What makes this film truly extraordinary is:

* This was a 1953 expedition. No one had been close to the summit; much was unknown. They had to laboriously create the path and lay the ropes&ladders used by subsequent expedition. * They didn't have the advantages of modern tent materials, climbing clothing nor gear; yet they dragged a film camera up most of the way. * Hunt, the expedition leader gives the best explaination of the climbing path and camp positions that I've seen. * The perilousness of the South Col is very evident (the expedition was delayed an extra day due to a storm). This is interesting in retrospect of the 1996 disaster where 9 people died in a stome on the South Col. It also makes me appreciate the tenacity of Beck Weathers, the Dallas physician who survived the 1996 storm with severe frostbite. * The film covers the 175 mile hike required from Katmandu to the first base camp. Now climbers just taken in by helicoptor. * The film focuses on the entire expedition team, including the Sherpas, and not just on Hillary and Norgay. It is very truly a team accomplishment ... Hillary and Norgay made it because of the assigned order of the summit assault teams; not because they were any better climbers than the other. * Great shots of - Everest with the blanket of snow blowing off its south face - Dangerous terrain - The difficulty of hiking and working at high altitudes

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