In Search of the Castaways (1962)

100 mins | Fantasy | 1962

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HISTORY

The 8 Jan 1960 DV reported that both the Walt Disney Company and Irwin Allen’s Saratoga Productions registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Although the 1867 novel by Jules Verne was in the public domain for most territories around the world, it retained copyrights in France, Portugal, Belgium, and several Latin-American states. Prompted by the success of its 1954 version of Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (see entry), the Disney company undertook thirty months of negotiations with the late author’s estate to secure worldwide rights. Disney filed a protest against Allen with the MPAA on 28 Oct 1959, but Allen argued that the author was more important than the title, and he could still release his film anywhere the story was not protected. At the time of the article, preproduction had been underway at Disney Studios for six months. Allen ultimately chose to film another Verne novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962, see entry).
       Nearly two years later, the 21 Nov 1962 Var ran a brief account of the film’s “royal” premiere in London, England, attended by Princess Margaret, Lord Snowden, and actor Maurice Chevalier. Initial U.S. openings were scheduled for Los Angeles, CA, and Kansas City, MO.
       The 27 Dec 1962 and 3 Jan 1963 DV reported earnings of $394,800 for the two weeks following its 19 Dec 1962 opening at twenty-five Los Angeles, CA, theaters. Reviews were generally positive, although the 22 Dec 1962 NYT advised that the picture was best suited for children.
       Registered for copyright as ... More Less

The 8 Jan 1960 DV reported that both the Walt Disney Company and Irwin Allen’s Saratoga Productions registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Although the 1867 novel by Jules Verne was in the public domain for most territories around the world, it retained copyrights in France, Portugal, Belgium, and several Latin-American states. Prompted by the success of its 1954 version of Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (see entry), the Disney company undertook thirty months of negotiations with the late author’s estate to secure worldwide rights. Disney filed a protest against Allen with the MPAA on 28 Oct 1959, but Allen argued that the author was more important than the title, and he could still release his film anywhere the story was not protected. At the time of the article, preproduction had been underway at Disney Studios for six months. Allen ultimately chose to film another Verne novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962, see entry).
       Nearly two years later, the 21 Nov 1962 Var ran a brief account of the film’s “royal” premiere in London, England, attended by Princess Margaret, Lord Snowden, and actor Maurice Chevalier. Initial U.S. openings were scheduled for Los Angeles, CA, and Kansas City, MO.
       The 27 Dec 1962 and 3 Jan 1963 DV reported earnings of $394,800 for the two weeks following its 19 Dec 1962 opening at twenty-five Los Angeles, CA, theaters. Reviews were generally positive, although the 22 Dec 1962 NYT advised that the picture was best suited for children.
       Registered for copyright as The Search of the Castaways . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Jan 1960
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
19 Nov 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Dec 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 Jan 1963
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1962
Section D, p. 14.
New York Times
22 Dec 1962
p. 5.
Variety
21 Nov 1962
p. 14, 62.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir of Peter Ellenshaw unit and special effects un
2nd unit dir and asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Asst dir for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Asst dir for Peter Ellenshaw unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting cam
Addl photog
Focus puller
Lighting cam for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Cam op for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Focus puller for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Cam for special effects unit
ART DIRECTORS
Supv art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assembly cutter
1st asst ed
2nd asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Chief draughtsman
Chief draughtsman
Chief draughtsman
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward master
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus dir
Guitar accomp
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Miniatures & spec eff for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Miniatures & spec eff for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Miniatures & spec eff for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Matte & sketch artist for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Matte artist for Peter Ellenshaw unit
MAKEUP
Chief makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod secy
Unit mgr for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Cont for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Constr supv
Constr mgr
Constr mgr
Still camera
Casting dir
Prop buyer
Props chargehand
Elec supv
Constr supv for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Stills for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Props chargehand for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Elec supv for Peter Ellenshaw unit
Grip for special effects unit
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Les enfants du Capitaine Grant
voyage autour du monde by Jules Verne (Paris, 1867-68).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Merci Beaucoup," "Grimpons!" "Enjoy It" and "The Castaways Theme," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Search of the Castaways
Release Date:
1962
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 December 1962
Los Angeles opening: 19 December 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
16 November 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23343
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In England in the 19th century, Professor Paganel, a whimsical French scientist, finds a floating bottle containing a note which he believes to have been written by the missing Captain Grant. Paganel and Grant's two teenaged children, Mary and Robert, approach wealthy shipping magnate Lord Glenarvan, the owner of Captain Grant's ship, and persuade him to finance a search expedition. Finally Paganel, Mary, Robert, Glenarvan, and his son John set sail for South America. In the Andes an earthquake sends them down a mountain on a glacier. A giant condor snatches up Robert, but Thalcave, an Indian chief, rescues him and later claims to know the whereabouts of Captain Grant. The group, after surviving a tidal wave and a lightning storm in their continuing search for Grant, discovers that the well-meaning Thalcave was mistaken; and they depart for Australia, where Paganel feels sure they will find Grant. In Melbourne they are met by Thomas Ayerton, who produces evidence that Captain Grant is in New Zealand. Unaware that Ayerton is the third mate who caused a mutiny on Grant's ship, the search party once more sets sail. Ayerton, a gunrunner, causes another mutiny; he sets the group adrift, and they are captured by Maori cannibals. They escape to a volcano and evade their pursuers by starting an avalanche which triggers off an eruption. They then find Captain Grant, overcome Ayerton and his mutineers, and sail for home. Songs : "Merci Beaucoup" (Paganel); "Grimpons!" (Paganel & Robert); "Enjoy It" (Mary, John, Robert & Paganel); "The Castaways Theme" ... +


In England in the 19th century, Professor Paganel, a whimsical French scientist, finds a floating bottle containing a note which he believes to have been written by the missing Captain Grant. Paganel and Grant's two teenaged children, Mary and Robert, approach wealthy shipping magnate Lord Glenarvan, the owner of Captain Grant's ship, and persuade him to finance a search expedition. Finally Paganel, Mary, Robert, Glenarvan, and his son John set sail for South America. In the Andes an earthquake sends them down a mountain on a glacier. A giant condor snatches up Robert, but Thalcave, an Indian chief, rescues him and later claims to know the whereabouts of Captain Grant. The group, after surviving a tidal wave and a lightning storm in their continuing search for Grant, discovers that the well-meaning Thalcave was mistaken; and they depart for Australia, where Paganel feels sure they will find Grant. In Melbourne they are met by Thomas Ayerton, who produces evidence that Captain Grant is in New Zealand. Unaware that Ayerton is the third mate who caused a mutiny on Grant's ship, the search party once more sets sail. Ayerton, a gunrunner, causes another mutiny; he sets the group adrift, and they are captured by Maori cannibals. They escape to a volcano and evade their pursuers by starting an avalanche which triggers off an eruption. They then find Captain Grant, overcome Ayerton and his mutineers, and sail for home. Songs : "Merci Beaucoup" (Paganel); "Grimpons!" (Paganel & Robert); "Enjoy It" (Mary, John, Robert & Paganel); "The Castaways Theme" (Mary). +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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