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Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

In 1862, the British commission inventor Fergusson to claim uncharted land in West Africa for Britain by flying his giant hot air balloon there.

Director:

Irwin Allen

Writers:

Jules Verne (novel), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Buttons ... Donald O'Shay
Fabian ... Jacques
Barbara Eden ... Susan Gale
Cedric Hardwicke ... Fergusson
Peter Lorre ... Ahmed
Richard Haydn ... Sir Henry Vining
BarBara Luna ... Makia (as Barbara Luna)
Billy Gilbert ... Sultan / Auctioneer
Herbert Marshall ... The Prime Minister
Reginald Owen ... Consul
Henry Daniell ... Sheik Ageiba
Mike Mazurki ... Slave Captain
Alan Caillou ... Inspector
Ben Astar ... Myanga
Raymond Bailey ... Randolph
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Storyline

Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth. Written by Dennis Kytasaari <djk@xnet.com>

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Plot Keywords:

west africa | zanzibar | See All (2) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco semanas en globo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,340,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,200,000, 31 December 1962
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Irwin Allen Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The elephant that appears in the jungle is an Asian elephant. See more »

Quotes

Susan Gale: Trafficking in human lives is everybody's concern. Either you are for it or against it.
Ahmed: [timidly] I am for it.
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Connections

Version of 5 Weeks in a Balloon (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Five Weeks In A Balloon
Written by Urban Thielmann (uncredited) and Jodi Desmond
Sung by The Brothers Four
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Classic Tongue-in-Cheek Adventure
28 December 2007 | by tindogSee all my reviews

This film is right in line with some of the better soft science adventures from the 50s and 60s that hark back to 19th or early 20th centuries; Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days; and touches on the humor and silliness at times of Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies and The Daring Young Men in their Flyings Machines or even How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes and The Great Race. Trying to take full advantage of CinemaScope and the new technologies in Deluxe color, the filmmakers concocted a fun and funny adventure that looks big and beautiful. Not for everyone, I suppose, at times dry and at other times over-silly and contrived, but always fun, and with the added bonus or a memorable theme song performed by The Brothers Four.


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