In Search of the Castaways (film)

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In Search of the Castaways
In Search of the Castaways.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Produced by Associate Producer:
Hugh Attwooll
Written by Lowell S. Hawley
Jules Verne (Novel)
Starring Hayley Mills
Maurice Chevalier
George Sanders
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Keith Hamshere
Jack Gwillim
Wilfrid Brambell
Music by Music Composed by:
William Alwyn
Musical Director:
Muir Mathieson
Richard Sherman
Robert Sherman
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by Gordon Stone
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
December 21, 1962 (1962-12-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $21,745,500[1]
Hayley Mills, Jack Gwillim and Keith Hamshere

In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier in a tale about a worldwide search for a shipwrecked sea captain. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley based upon Jules Verne's 1868 adventure novel Captain Grant's Children. The film was Mills' third of six for the Disney Studios.


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[edit]

Musical numbers[edit]

Songs composed by the Sherman Brothers include "Castaway", "Merci Beaucoup", "Let's Climb (Grimpons)", and "Enjoy It", with an orchestral arrangement of "Castaway" serving as the film's overture.


In Search of the Castaways was a commercial hit. It grossed $18,415,385 domestically,[2] earning $5 million in US theatrical rentals.[3] At the worldwide box office, the film earned $21,745,500.[1] In the US, it was the 3rd highest-grossing film of 1962.

It was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1963.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film placed third in the 1963 Golden Laurel Top Male Musical Performance (Chevalier) and was nominated for the Golden Laurel Top Action Drama.

Other adaptations of Verne's novel[edit]

Verne's tale has seen two Russian film adaptations (1936, 1985) and a Spanish operetta.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Box Office Information for In Search of the Castaways. Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Box Office Information for In Search of the Castaways. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 pg 69
  4. ^ "Most Popular Films Of 1963." Times [London, England] 3 Jan. 1964: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.

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