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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.

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 ... 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! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the steam paddle-boat owned by Lord Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White) was "Persevero II". See more »

Goofs

The jaguar that invades the searcher's tree is in fact a leopard, which do not exist in South America. Leopards are much easier to handle and train than jaguars. See more »

Quotes

John Glenarvan: When we first met, I had a different impression. Most girls can be rather silly. Do you know what I mean?
Mary Grant: No, I don't.
John Glenarvan: Well... you're different.
Mary Grant: How different?
John Glenarvan: I don't know how to say it. I had it all worked out last night. Sounds rather silly now, though.
Mary Grant: What does?
John Glenarvan: Well, you don't expect things of a girl, certain things like climbing mountains, going through floods, making the most of it. You know what I mean?
Mary Grant: Don't think I do.
John Glenarvan: Well, I want to say that... I think you've been just *fine*... ...
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Version of The Children of Captain Grant (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Merci Beaucoup
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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A 10,000 mile mistake
22 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

First of all let me say that any film with Maurice Chevalier will automatically get a look from me. Even though Hayley Mills was Walt Disney's number one star at the time, Chevalier's international status as a performer guaranteed him top billing. The younger cast members had a lot to do in keeping up with him.

Robert Gwillim who is a sea captain and father to Hayley Mills and Keith Hamshere has been lost at sea for many years now and who knows where in this wide world with 5/6 of it covered by ocean. But a swallowed bottle with a note that was found in the belly of a shark by scientist Maurice Chevalier sends the three of them in search of Gwillim's employer Wilfrid Hyde-White to finance an expedition to search. Said note leads them first to South America and then to Australia because Maurice misreads the clues. He did that a lot in this film, an occupational hazard with eccentric scientists.

This was the Magic Kingdom's second dealing with a Jules Verne story, the first being the classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Sad to say while In Search Of The Castaways has some interesting moments and in spots looks more like an Indiana Jones film, it does not make it above the juvenile level. Watching it today, I expected to see Harrison Ford ride in with bullwhip cracking to save the whole kit and kaboodle of them from villain George Sanders.

Maurice's first mistake took them 10,000 miles out of their way. It's not often one gets a second chance there.


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