AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Theatrical Release USA 1956)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars ìììì

Around the World in 80 Days reminds us of why we love old movies. This original film interpretation of the classic Jules Verne novel loses no entertainment value when compared to Director Frank Coraci’s 2004 film remake of the same story with Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan. The original movie’s casting is flawless, the script playful, and the acting authentic. Of course, it’s hard to miss a quality entertainment product with Actor David Niven who stars as character Philias Fogg and with Mexico’s classic comedian, Cantinflas, who stars as character Passepartout, Fogg’s faithful and long-suffering valet. The film well portrays the action-packed, gamble-driven journey to Paris, Spain, Italy, India, Hong Kong, Yokohama, the United States, and Britain. There is a completely satisfying climax as, minutes before the deadline, the heroes win their daring gentlemen’s club wager.

Storyline

A gentlemen's wager leads to an around the world adventure.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Michael Anderson. Thank you to Producer Michael Todd for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine), Inspector Fix (Robert Newton), Barbary Coast Saloon Owner (Marlene Dietrich), and Sir Francis Cromarty (Cedric Hardwicke).



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.

Ben Meyers

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