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In Search of the Castaways (1962)

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.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writer:

Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Jacques Paganel
Hayley Mills ... Mary Grant
George Sanders ... Thomas Ayerton
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Lord Glenarvan (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Michael Anderson Jr. ... John Glenarvan (as Michael Anderson Jnr.)
Antonio Cifariello ... Chief Thalcave
Keith Hamshere ... Robert Grant
Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell ... Bill Gaye
Jack Gwillim ... Captain Grant
Ronald Fraser ... Guard at Dockyard Gate
Norman Bird ... Senior Yacht Guard
George Murcell ... Ayerton's Assistant
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... Maori Chief (as Inia Wiata)
Mark Dignam ... Rich Man at Yacht Party
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Crooked Sailor
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Storyline

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 discerned 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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captain | note | sea | 19th century | lord | See All (182) »

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A Thousand Thrills, And Hayley Mills!


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Search for the Castaways See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,745,500
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lord Glenarvan: [as John starts to put his hand on Mary's shoulder] Ah, there you are, my boy. Better get some sleep, you know. Got an early start.
John Glenarvan: We're too excited to sleep.
Lord Glenarvan: Hmm. So I see! You'd better come along with me, just the same.
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Connections

Referenced in The Parent Trap II (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Enjoy It
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier, Michael Anderson Jr., Keith Hamshere, and Hayley Mills
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Family Film
20 November 2001 | by mdkoiSee all my reviews

How wonderful to see a movie the entire family can watch. Fine acting and plenty of music and laughter along with suspense, drama and human kindness. Not to be scared if a child will curse or anything to upset the audience. Maurice Chaviar and entire cast is superb. What a wonderful movie to just sit and relax and know you will be entertained. I never get bored watching this movie. When I was stationed in the US Army at Russelsheim, Germany,I got to see this movie in the German language. Again, it is a pleasure to have another entertaining motion picture to view over and over with family and friends. Thank You Walt Disney and his staff.


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