Tuesday November 12, 2 PM at Mary J Benson Branch Around The World In 80 Days (1956) 2 hr 55 min
Victorian-era Englishman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) proclaims before his fellow members of a London gentlemens’ club that he can circumnavigate the globe in a mere eighty days, further boasting that he will bet the princely sum of twenty thousand pounds sterling on the success of his endeavor. With his stalwart manservant Passepartout (Cantinflas), he sets forth, pursued by a dogged Police Inspector (Robert Newton) who suspects Fogg of chicanery; the bank of England has been robbed, so is this Fogg’s way of avoiding arrest?
Won 5 Oscars and was nominated for 3 more. Also stars Shirley MacLaine and many others; this film created the idea of ‘cameo roles’ for established stars. Mexican star Cantinflas (Passepartout) was in the mid-1950s the wealthiest movie star in the world, and got top billing in Latin countries. The film used 140 sets built at 6 Hollywood studios, plus sets in England, Hong Kong, and Japan. Cast and crew flew over 4 million miles. Casting included 68,894 extras in thirteen countries, and 90 animal handlers managed 8,552 animals (3,800 sheep, 2,448 buffalo, 950 donkeys, 800 horses, 512 monkeys, 17 bulls, 15 elephants, six skunks, and four ostriches).