A young london biologist spends most of his time pursuing girls rather than pursuing science. When the opportunity to go to the Antarctic to study a colony of penguins presents itself he agrees to go, not so much for the benefit of science but rather to impress the girl he has recently been chasing. The longer he stays in the Antarctic, however, the more he becomes truly interested in the penguins fight for survival. When the time to go home finally arrives, he is a changed man with a totally new outlook on life.
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
Can survival in the Antarctic Wilderness change a man?
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Did You Know?
Al Viola was dismissed from " Mr Forbush and the Penguins " and replaced by producer Roy Boulting. Swedish documentary filmmaker Arne Sucksdorf had started filming the penguin footage in the Antarctic but it failed to blend with the studiobound sequences. Boulting then brought his wife Hayley Mills on board, which further added to the film's escalating budget. This was one of the Boxoffice disappointments which led to Bryan Forbes dismissal as head of EMI Films. See more
When Forbush and Tara run into each other at the penguin lecture after their initial meeting, Forbush apologizes for taking leave of her yesterday. Later in the conversation, Tara says that that initial meeting was this morning, not yesterday as he had said. See more
[in a flashback voiceover
The skuas say in effect to the penguins, 'We'll keep the other skuas off in return for a fair share of your eggs and chicks.' In this way nature ensures the survival of a sufficient number of penguin chicks. A providence no to be despised by the thinking scientist.
Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber
and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt See more