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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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A Thousand Thrills, And Hayley Mills! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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 information contained in the message in the bottle was the latitude of the 37th Parallel. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is pulled out of the snow, the snow on her face disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

John Glenarvan: Wait! I want to make a wish on that star.
Mary Grant: What could *you* wish for that you haven't got?
John Glenarvan: That my father would go somewhere and get lost. Just for a little while, you understand.
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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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This film demonstrates the meaning of 'action-packed'
26 May 2003 | by laura-126See 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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