G | | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.
Mike Todd fired original director John Farrow after about a week. Todd realized quickly that only one person could run a Michael Todd production, and it wasn't going to be Farrow. Farrow got a screenplay credit, however, and won an Oscar for his troubles.
You still in a hurry? I thought the English were calm, dreamy sort of people.
In all close-up scenes with the gas balloon the basket ropes are tight from the load ring and down, but from the load ring and up to the balloon they are slack. Had it been a real flying gas balloon, all the ropes and the net above the load ring would have been very tight during flight, since they are carrying the weight of the basket and everything in it. The lifting force, a stage crane, is erroneously placed in the center through the appending gas valve. If the sandbags on the basket actually contained sand, they would not have bounced around so lightly.
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.
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