In Search of the Castaways

Synopsis: An earthquake, a flash flood, an avalanche, a volcano, alligators, jaguars, mutineers, and a man-eating Maoris dog the steps of a shipping company owner, a scientist, and the two children of a lost sea captain as they circle the earth along the 37th parallel per instructions in a bottled note the scientist has recovered from a shark's stomach. Only certain facts are discerned from the stained note, especially the words "37 parallel." Teen-age Mary Grant (Hayley Mills), her younger brother, Robert Keith Hamshere, and the scientist, French Professor Jacques Paganel (Maurice Chevalier), trick their way aboard the grand yacht, "Persevero," during a bon-voyage party to see the owner of the shipping company, Lord Edward Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White), the epitome of British aloofness. With the urging of his own son, John (Michael Anderson Jr.), Glenarvan's luxurious side-wheeler sets sail for the coastal town of Concepcion, Chile in the search for the missing Captain Grant.
Director(s): Robert Stevenson
Production: Buena Vista
  2 nominations.
98 min

people have been turning up with notes

they've found in bottles...

- How many is this, John?

- Twenty-two, father.

If I had my way,

every last one of the culprits

would be hanged

from the yardarm.

Exploiting human misery, it is.

Nothing more vicious,

more treacherous.

But it is from my father.

I can tell.

Monsieur Paganel,

show them the note you found.

[Speaks French]

Well... Oh, I'm sorry.

- Wrong bottle.

- [Laughter]

This is the one.

First question:

Where'd you find the bottle?

You see, I went fishing

with some students.

You cut open a fish

and found the bottle.

Oui, oui, milord,

a 220-pound shark.

Throw this man off the ship

before I turn him over to the police.

- No, your lordship.

- But it is the truth, what I tell you.

Why should a shark

swallow a bottle?

Oh, what was in his mind,

I don't know.

I tell you only

what was in his stomach.

You make a career of this,

do you, exploiting children?

I am Jacques Eliacin

Francois Paganel.

Professor of geography,

University of Paris.

My credentials, milord. Oh!


Forged, I imagine,

like the note in the bottle.

- All right, steward.

- Come along.

[Paganel speaking French]

- Oh, no, you can't.

- Just a minute, children.

I have something to say to you.

If we could be alone for a moment.

Take your hands off me,


Never have I been thrown

from any place in my life.

Let's not set a precedent.

[Speaks French]

Children, don't you think

I'd be the first to respond

if I thought there was a chance

of finding your father or his crew?

I'd go to the ends of the earth.

And that's no idle boast.

The Glenarvan motto:


Been the family creed

for 800 years.

But it's not a hoax.

I saw the note myself,

and I know my father wrote it.

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