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In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 21 December 1962 (USA)
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.

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Lord Glenarvan (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Ayerton's Assistant
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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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A Thousand Thrills, And Hayley Mills!


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21 December 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hijos del capitán Grant  »

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$21,745,500
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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). See more »

Goofs

When the Maori natives are climbing up the escape rope (which is burning furiously), wires are visibly connected to the stunt men. See more »

Quotes

Mary Grant: But Thalcave's different. He said "I bring help," and he will.
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Merci Beaucoup
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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This film demonstrates the meaning of 'action-packed'
26 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

We loved this film as kids, now we're older it retains its appeal but in a different way. It really is the funniest film ever.

The search party:

  • encounter a earthquake and survive by riding on two mini icebergs through ice palaces which appear to be inside a mountain


  • have one member of the party (Robert, the sweet little brother) carried off by a giant condor to feed her young


  • get flooded and live in a huge ombu tree for weeks (alongside some kind of big cat which is also trapped there)


  • go through a thunderstorm that causes above-mentioned tree to catch on fire, giving them the option of being burnt to death or eaten by crocodiles, which are now of course swarming around the tree - or get rescued


  • get locked up in a tiny hut with a madman who's been there for apparently about fifty years, after being chucked off their own ship by villainous scoundrels and being washed up on an island inhabited by Maoris


  • and finally, survive a volcano (but the Maoris don't)


There is also a love interest in the form of John, the smarmy captain's son who fancies Mary (Hayley Mills) and some funny songs, like the one Chevalier and Mills sing when living in ombu tree. Brilliant!!!


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