Five Weeks in a Balloon

Synopsis: Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth.
Director(s): Irwin Allen
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
101 min

And I'm sure our good treasurer agrees.

I do indeed.

A good day to you, sir, and good-bye.

Good morning to you, Professor!

What happened up there, Professor?

Sir Henry Vining is a human ostrich.

The first sign of progress, he buries his head

in the sand and hopes that it will go away.

- Ostrich.

- Before my invention...

no man could maneuver a balloon

without the loss of gas or ballast.

Sir Henry's a dolt who cannot recognize...

the greatest breakthrough in science

since steam replaced sail.

Then your expedition's off, sir?

Without the backing

of the financial institute, I'm afraid so.

- One moment, please.

- And who might you be, sir?

The name's Cornelius Randolph...

publisher of the Randolph

newspapers in America.

I'm very happy to meet you, sir.

How can I help you?

Oh, we can help each other, sir.

Now, I understand your project

is for the exploration...

and mapping of East Africa,

starting from Zanzibar.

- That was my intention.

- A stupendous story, if successful.

Sir, you could not be more right.

Then go to it, sir,

with my blessing and my backing.

- Why would you, an American-

- Circulation, Professor. Circulation.

New Yorkers will be fighting to buy

Mr. O'Shay's story of your adventures.

- Mr. O'Shay?

- Yes, Donald O'Shay, my star reporter.

Where is this gentleman?

O'Shay's in Paris at the moment

on a, uh, special assignment.

I'll have him join you in Zanzibar.

Mr. Randolph, as you Americans say,

it's a pleasure to do business with you...

and your Mr. O'Shay

will be very welcome.

Good. You'll find him a splendid

and, uh, inoffensive young man.

- Professor.

- I tell you, Inspector, again.

My ship sails within the hour.

This is downright abduction.

- If you please, sir.

- I do not please!

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Charles Bennett

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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