G | | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.
Producer Mike Todd had extreme difficulties financing this movie. After completing the large western sequence, the production was almost broke. Arthur Krim and Max E. Youngstein of United Artists looked at the existing footage, declared it a winner, and agreed to bankroll the rest of the movie.
I'll be darned if I understand you city folks. Always rushing, rushing, rushing. Always thinking about the future. No wonder you have stomach trouble.
The scenes set in Yokohama, Japan, were shot in Kamakura, west of Yokohama, and Kyoto, far southwest of Yokohama. The film makes Kamakura's Great Buddha look like it's walking distance from Kyoto's Heian Shrine, but they are in separate regions of Japan.
There are no opening credits. The film begins with 'Edward R. Murrow (I)' narrating a prologue showing the history of flight. Then, the actual story begins with no opening credits whatsoever.
Some older TV prints of "Around The World in 80 Days" eliminate the prologue. The film was also often subject to indiscriminate cutting in the past for commercial TV broadcasts due to its length. Now that the full-length widescreen "roadshow" version has been restored for DVD, this version will hopefully be made available for future TV broadcasts.
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