Around the World in Eighty Days Overview:

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Kevin McClory, William Cameron Menzies and Michael Todd.

The film was based on the novel Around the World in 80 Days written by Jules Verne published in 1873.


Niven is perfect as an imperturbable English gentleman who attempts to win a bet by circumnavigating the globe in 80 days. The Jules Verne story, 100 locations, 40 cameo appearances by Hollywood players, a Young score, and Perelman among the writers guarantees delightful family fare. The beginning features a prologue by esteemed journalist Edward R. Murrow and the first film to be based on a Jules Verne novel, George Melies's 1902 short, A Trip to the Moon. Shot in Mike Todd's Todd A-O widescreen process.

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Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

Best DirectorMichael AndersonNominated
Best PictureMichael Todd, ProducerWon

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Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

By Beatrice on May 7, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Around the World in Eighty Days Directed by Michael Anderson Written by James Poe, John Farrow, and S.J. Perelman from the novel by Jules Verne 1956/USA Michael Todd Company Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Beautiful location shots, a cast of thousands and three hours?add up to?a whole lot of nothin... Read full article

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For the Spanish-dubbed version of the film, Cantinflas himself provided the voice of his character Passepartout.
This is the second Todd-AO production (the first was Oklahoma!) shot twice, at 24 fps (to produce the general-release version in 35 mm) and at 30 fps (to produce the roadshow version in 70 mm). Both versions were shot on 65 mm negative with Todd-AO lenses. Sometimes two cameras operated side-by-side filming the same take, other times the same camera was used with the speed changed for the second take, and still other times, in non-dialogue scenes, the same shot was used. The 35 mm version is presented in conventional 2:1 squeeze anamorphic process (incorrectly credited to Todd-AO); the 70 mm version is presented in Todd-AO.
Victor Young's fabulous Oscar winning music score was recorded in July, 1956 at the former Charlie Chaplin Studio on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. At the time, Charles Chaplin had sold it to an independent outfit that had renamed it Kling Studios. Michael Todd was leasing space there during production. A sound stage normally used for filming was specially converted into a music scoring stage. Six Neumann U-47 condenser microphones were placed over the orchestra which were all fed to a 35mm magnetic six-track recorder. The entire set up was only used once for this film and was later torn down and the stage reverted back to filming.
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