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Around the World in 80 Days Details


Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Michael Todd, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to cadge the film's round-the-world location shots--not to mention the wheeling and dealing to convince over forty top celebrities to appear in cameo roles. David Niven heads the huge cast as ultra-precise, supremely punctual Phileas Fogg, who places a 20,000-pound wager with several fellow members of London Reform Club, insisting that he can go around the world in eighty days (this, remember, is 1872). Together with his resourceful valet Passepartout (Cantinflas), Fogg sets out on his world-girdling journey from Paris via balloon. Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen his 20,000 pounds from Bank of England. Diligent Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by the bank's president (Robert Morley) to bring Fogg to justice. Hopscotching around the globe, Fogg pauses in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight (a specialty of Cantinflas). In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine, in her third film) from being forced into committing suicide so that she may join her late husband. The threesome visit Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco, and the Wild West. Only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested by the diligent Inspector Fixx. Though exonerated of the bank robbery charges, he has lost everything--except the love of the winsome Aouda. But salvation is at hand when Passepartout discovers that, by crossing the International Date Line, there's still time to reach the Reform Club. Will they make it? See for yourself. Among the film's 46 guest stars, the most memorable include Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Jose Greco, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lorre, Red Skelton, Buster Keaton, John Mills, and Beatrice Lillie. All were paid in barter--Ronald Colman did his brief bit for a new car. Newscaster Edward R. Murrow provides opening narration, and there's a tantalizing clip from Georges Méliès' Georges Méliès (1902). Offering a little something for everyone, Michael Todd is nothing less than an extravaganza, and it won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 1956


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Weatherwax Best Editing 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ross Dowd Best Color Art Direction 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Poe Best Adapted Screenplay 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Farrow Best Adapted Screenplay 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ken Adam Best Color Art Direction 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lionel Lindon Best Color Cinematography 1956 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Anderson Best Director 1956 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Michael Anderson Best Director 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Anderson Best Director 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Victor Young Best Drama or Comedy Score 1956 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cantinflas Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gene Ruggiero Best Editing 1956 Winner


David Niven
as Phileas Fogg
as Passepartout
Robert Newton
as Mr. Fix
Shirley MacLaine
as Princess Aouda
Charles Boyer
as Monsieur Gasse
Ronald Colman
as Railway Official
Joe E. Brown
as Station Master
Martine Carol
as Tourist
John Carradine
as Col. Proctor Stamp
Charles Coburn
as Clerk
Melville Cooper
as Steward
Noël Coward
as Hesketh-Baggott
Finlay Currie
as Whist Partner
Reginald Denny
as Police Chief
Andy Devine
as First Mate
Marlene Dietrich
as Hostess
as Coachman
John Gielgud
as Foster, the Butler
Hermione Gingold
as Sportin' Lady
Jose Greco
as Dancer
Cedric Hardwicke
as Sir Francis Gromarty
Trevor Howard
as Falletin
Glynis Johns
as Companion
Buster Keaton
as Conductor
Evelyn Keyes
as Flirt
Beatrice Lillie
as Revivalist
Peter Lorre
as Steward
Edmund Lowe
as Engineer
Victor McLaglen
as Helmsman
Mike Mazurki
as Character
John Mills
as Cabby
Alan Mowbray
as Consul
Robert Morley
as Ralph
Jack Oakie
as Captain of S.S. Henrietta
George Raft
as Bouncer at Barbary Coast Saloon
Gilbert Roland
as Achmed Abdullah
Cesar Romero
as Henchman
Frank Sinatra
as Saloon Pianist
Red Skelton
as Drunk
Ronald Squire
as Member
Basil Sydney
as Club Member
Harcourt Williams
as Hinshaw
Richard Wattis
Ronald Adam
Richard Aherne
Philip Ahn
Frank Baker
Theona Bryant
Robert Cabal
Patrick Cargill
Fred Cavens
Campbell Cotts
Ashley Cowan
Roy Darmour
Amapola Del Vando
Leslie Denison
Carli Elinor
Walter Fitzgerald
Frances Fong
Raoul Freeman
Tommy Fujiwara
Ava Gardner
as Spectator
Cameron Hall
Chuck Hamilton
Chester Hayes
Roddy Hughes
Walter Kingsford
Frederick Leister
Weaver Levy
Richard Loo
Keye Luke
Casey MacGregor
as Engineer
Jack Mulhall
Robert Okazaki
Manuel Paris
Bill Shine
Bhogwan Singh
Philip Van Zandt
Dick Wessel
as Train fireman
Tim McCoy
as Commander
Dick Wessel
as Train fireman
Casey MacGregor
as Engineer
Ava Gardner
as Spectator


Michael Anderson
John Farrow
James Poe
Lionel Lindon
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Gene Ruggiero
Paul Weatherwax
Ken Adam
Production Designer
William Cameron Menzies
Associate Producer
Ross Dowd
Set Designer
Miles White
Costume Designer
Lee Zavitz
Special Effects
Ivan Volkman
First Assistant Director
Lew Borzage
First Assistant Director
Paul Godkin
Kevin McClory
Second Unit Director
Kevin McClory
Producer's Assistant
Gus Norin