In Search of the Castaways

In Search of the Castaways

Robert Stevenson (1961)

94min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the novel Captain Grant's Children, this was Disney's second dip into the works of Jules Verne, but it can't be compared with the splendid 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Hayley Mills stars as a tigerish teen who ropes Maurice Chevalier and Wilfrid Hyde White into helping search for her missing father. But, as the action moves from South America to Australia, the cast becomes increasingly irrelevant as director Robert Stevenson subjects it to all manner of natural disasters - the studio seeking to show off its special-effects department, perhaps? Unfortunately, the effects have dated badly and the meandering story rarely thrills.

Summary

The two children of a missing sea captain receive a message in a bottle that convinces them their father is still alive. Enlisting an eccentric French professor to help them find him, they embark on round-the-world journey and face natural disasters and mutineers during the voyage. Children's adventure based on a novel by Jules Verne, starring Maurice Chevalier, Hayley Mills and George Sanders.

Cast & Crew

Jacques Paganel Maurice Chevalier
Mary Grant Hayley Mills
Thomas Ayerton George Sanders
Bill Gaye Wilfrid Brambell
Lord Glenarvan Wilfrid Hyde White
John Glenarvan Michael Anderson Jr
Robert Grant Keith Hamshire
Capt Grant Jack Gwillim
Guard Ronald Fraser
Director Robert Stevenson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The Walt Disney Company LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama