In company with her younger brother Robert (Keith Hamshere), and her elderly yet young-at-heart friend Professor Jacques Paganel (Maurice Chevalier), teenage Mary Grant (Hayley Mills) journeys to Glasgow, Scotland, to persuade the comically brave Lord Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White) to rescue her shipwrecked father, Captain John Grant (Jack Gwillim). The expedition sets sail and ventures halfway around the world, to both South America and New Zealand, respectively. The party suffers many assorted perils including an earthquake, a flood, a fire, an attack by a giant condor and an erupting volcano before finding and rescuing Captain Grant. A subplot involves a gunrunner named Thomas Ayerton (George Sanders), who is a treacherous former crew-member of Captain Grant's ship, and responsible for his disappearance. Another subplot involves a budding romance between young Mary Grant and Lord Glenarvan's handsome and loyal son John (Michael Anderson, Jr.).
Cast and characters
- Hayley Mills as Mary Grant
- Maurice Chevalier as Jacques Paganel
- George Sanders as Thomas Ayerton
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as Lord Glenarvan
- Michael Anderson, Jr. as John Glenarvan
- Antonio Cifariello as Thalcave, the Indian Chief
- Keith Hamshere as Robert Grant
- Wilfrid Brambell as Bill Gaye
- Jack Gwillim as Captain Grant
- Inia Te Wiata as Maori Chief
- Roger Delgado as Patagonian Prisoner
Awards and nominations
The film placed third in the 1963 Golden Laurel Top Male Musical Performance (Chevalier) and was nominated for the Golden Laurel Top Action Drama.
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