A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors:

Michael Anderson, John Farrow (uncredited)

Writers:

James Poe (screenplay), John Farrow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cantinflas ... Passepartout
Finlay Currie ... Andrew Stuart
Robert Morley ... Ralph - Bank of England Governor
Ronald Squire ... Reform Club Member
Basil Sydney ... Reform Club Member
Noël Coward ... Roland Hesketh-Baggott - London Employment Agency Manager (as Noel Coward)
John Gielgud ... Foster - Fogg's Ex-Valet (as Sir John Gielgud)
Trevor Howard ... Denis Fallentin - Reform Club Member
Harcourt Williams ... Hinshaw - Reform Club Aged Steward
David Niven ... Phileas Fogg
Martine Carol ... Girl in Paris Railroad Station
Fernandel ... French Coachman
Charles Boyer ... Monsieur Gasse - Thomas Cook Paris Clerk
Evelyn Keyes ... Tart - Paris
José Greco ... Flamenco Dancer (as Jose Greco and Troupe)
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Storyline

When this movie is made in 1956, one could circumnavigate the globe in a little less than two days. When Jules Verne wrote the story "Around the World in Eighty Days" in 1872, he predicted that one day man could accomplish the task in eighty hours, but which most considered folly to do in eighty days in current times, that is except for people like Englishman Phileas Fogg, a regimented man who believed all it would take is exacting work, the skills he possesses. He just has to make sure a train's schedule meets the required sailing schedule which meets the required coach schedule and so on. As such, he takes up what ends up being the highly publicized twenty thousand pounds sterling wager from his fellow members at the London Reform Club to do so, losing the bet which would ruin him financially. Along for the ride is Fogg's new, loyal and devoted valet, the recently arrived Latin immigrant, Passepartout, who possesses unusual skills which could be major assets, but whose all consuming... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

Two major episodes in the movie that do not appear in the novel, are the arrival in Spain by gas balloon, and the bullfighting scene. See more »

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The shadow of the camera crane is visible in the street during the San Francisco parade. See more »

Quotes

Stationmaster: I'll be darned if I understand you city folks. Always rushing, rushing, rushing. Always thinking about the future. No wonder you have stomach trouble.
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Crazy Credits

The majority of the miscellaneous crew credits occur in the closing, after the cast, over a minimal animation of a large crowd all in jail. Also with the crowd in jail are credits for the companies responsible for Color, the film Print, Releasing, and the Recording System, along with the Approved Certificate and Copyright info. Near the end are the major credits for the Producer next to a policeman coming with keys to unlock the jail cells, and the Director over the sole man liberated from the jail. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Todd-AO 30 fps version and the Todd-AO 24 fps version are as close to being identical as possible, considering that each scene was shot twice, using both methods. The sound mixes of the 70 mm version and the 35 mm version are as close to being identical as possible, (unlike for example Oklahoma! where the sound mix is completely different for each version). See more »

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Referenced in Jamboree! (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Have Courage to Say No
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Traditional Temperance Hymn
Sung by Beatrice Lillie, David Niven, and Others
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This Picture Makes No Sense On A Small Screen
24 December 2004 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

Around the World in 80 Days is part comedy and part demonstration of a new wide-screen process. I saw it in its original run at the old Rivoli Theater in New York, where the screen ran from 48th St. to 49th St. People gasped at the size of the screen when the curtains opened, before the film even got underway.

If you watch the new 16x9 DVD on anything less than a 50-inch television, the visual composition and the pacing are absolutely incomprehensible, and you're on your own to seize on the many little things that are there to entertain you. But as a whole, the film loses its reason for being when viewed on a conventional TV.

David Niven is unbeatable as Phileas Fogg, Shirley Maclaine is implausible but slyly humorous as the Princess, Robert Newton appears sober most of the time and hammy all of it as Inspector Fix.

Cantinflas is inexplicable as Passepartout, except perhaps as Mike Todd's attempt to corral the entire Latin American market. The Mexican comedian's English is very shaky; it slows him down, and his clarity comes and goes and makes me wonder if Paul Frees didn't replace a lot of his lines. At any rate, only in the seemingly improvised encounter with Red Skelton at a buffet does Cantinflas do anything remotely humorous, and there he's the straight man.

The cameos are fun, and if you're too young to know who all these geezers are, it's worth it to find out, and use the IMDb to track down the work that made them famous. I remember the shriek the original audience let out when the piano player was revealed to be Frank Sinatra.

Viewing the film now, I was most moved to see Edmund Lowe and Victor McLaglan reunited in the engine room of the Henrietta, thirty years after they riveted the industry in "What Price Glory?" Buster Keaton concentrates really hard in his appearance as the train conductor, to excellent effect. A. E. Matthews gives a terrific acting lesson in saying "no" a half a dozen times in a London sequence.

Among the original bettors, locate Ronald Squire with the drooping mustache, hollow nasal baritone, and a slouching relaxation while performing that was a marvel - Rex Harrison publicly admired Ronald Squire's ease on stage all his life. In fact, Squire is so relaxed he makes someone like Dean Martin seem uptight.

So, this film is an unusual case - requiring patience for lots of little joys on the small screen, but making sense only on a large one.


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USA

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (35 mm) | (with entr'acte and exit music) | (video) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)| Mono (optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)

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Color (Eastman Color)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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