Tagline – It’s a wonderful world, if you’ll only take the time to go around it!
Starring – David Niven (Phileas Fogg), Cantinflas (Passepartout), Shirley MacLaine (Princess Aouda), Robert Newton (Inspector Fix).
Released – October, 1956
Directed By – Michael Anderson
Produced By – Michael Todd Company
Distributed By – United Artists
Description – Based on the 1873 novel by Jules Verne, this is the story of English gentleman Phileas Fogg and his belief that he can travel around the world in the unheard of time of 80 days.
Fogg is a member of the Reform Club and this claim draws nothing but skepticism from the other members of the prestigious club. Fogg agrees to accept both the challenge and the very large wager (20,000 Pounds) presented to him by the other club members.
The journey will start out with a train ride and Fogg will be accompanied by his valet Passepartout. First stop, Paris.
Back in England, Fogg comes under increasing suspicion regarding the theft of 55,000 Pounds from the Bank of England. Scotland Yard assigns Inspector Fix to arrest Fogg. Meanwhile in Paris, Fogg learns of an avalanche that is blocking his intended way of travel to their next stop in Spain.
The best available option now is a hot air baloon. What follows is a constant series of adventures for our world travelers. Passepartout will find himself fighting a bull in Spain, while he and Fogg wait for the use of a fast boat for the next leg of their trip.
Back in London the quest to circle the globe in record breaking time has fueled a betting obsession. Now in Bombay and riding the rails, Fogg and his valet are stranded on railway tracks that lead to nowhere.
A premature end to the journey? Not at all, as Fogg purchases an elephant to carry them through the jungle. The pair find themselves in a situation that requires the rescue of the young widow Princess Aouda who is sentenced to burn to death.
The adventurous journey continues with stops in Calcutta, Siam, Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco, and the area known as the Wild West where they are attacked by Indians. They board the wrong boat for their return to London and find themselves on the way to Argentina.
To make matters worse, Fogg is about to run out of money and it seems that all will be lost when they finally come up with a plan to get them back to London in time to win the wager… thanks to an extra day provided by the International Date Line.
And, just when you think things are looking up, Fogg and Passepartout find themselves caught and arrested by Inspector Fix.
NOTABLE: Around the World in 80 Days won 5 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Screenplay – Adapted, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Film Editing, and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. The film was also nominated for Best Director (Michael Anderson), Best Costume Design, Color, and Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color.
This motion picture includes cameo appearances by over 40 celebrities and is generally considered the film that created the “cameo role.” In all, the cast, including extras, totaled 68,894 people, and 7,959 animals.
The barge used for the scene in Bangkok actually belonged to the King of Thailand who loaned it to producer Michael Todd.
Around the World in 80 Days set a new record for the number of costumes required with 74,685.
This motion picture ran for over three consecutive years at the Rivoli Theatre in New York, from 1956 to 1959.
Mexican star Cantinflas was the wealthiest film star in the world during the mid-1950’s. His scene fighting a bull was completed without a stunt double. Cantinflas had bullfighting experience and wanted to do the scene himself.
Over a dozen airlines provided service to the cast and crew. Before filming was completed a total of over 4,000,000 miles were traveled.