"Around the World in 80 Days" with Michael Todd
Presentation, Cast/Credit, Awards, Press & Diary
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"Around the World in 80 Days" was
filmed simultaneously in two different film speeds: Todd-AO standard of 30
frames pr. second, and Todd-AO sub-standard 24 frames pr. second, for the
35mm reduction prints. Both negatives are 65mm wide.
• Presented in TODD-AO
Negative: 65mm 30 fps. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1
Prints: 70mm. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. 30 frames pr. second, magnetic 6-track stereo
You are in the Show with Todd-AO
• Presented in CINESTAGE
Negative: 65mm 24 fps. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1
Prints: 35mm. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. 24 frames pr second, magnetic 4-track stereo.
Separate 35mm full coat 6-track magnetic prints also available. Special
1,567:1 anamorphic compression. Some 4-track magnetic prints were Perspecta encoded.
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Cinestage 34mm in London
• Presented in CINEMASCOPE
Negative: 65mm 24 fps. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1
Prints: 35mm. Aspect ratio: 2,35:1. 24 frames pr second, magnetic 4-track stereo, and
optical mono prints (MagOptical). Standard 2:1 anamorphic compression.
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Gallery: "Around the World in 80 Days"
"Around the World in 80 Days"
70mm & Cinestage Seasons
Cinestage 34mm in London
Working for Mike Todd
Directed by Michael
by Michael Todd.
Screenplay by James
Poe, John Farrow &
S. J. Perelman.
Based on "Around the
World in Eighty
Days" by Jules Verne.
Music by Victor
Edited by Gene
Ruggiero & Howard
director (US) James
director (UK) Ken
Adam. Sound Joseph
I. Kane & Fred Hynes
Jr. (Sound Director,
Michael Todd Co.,
Distributed by The
US) & by United
date New York,
The Rivoli Theatre,
17, 1956 (World
Angeles premiere: 22
Dec 1956. Running
time 182 minutes.
70mm Todd-AO, with
sound by Westrex
Re-released in cinemas in 1968 and 1983:
the World in 80 Days" 70mm & Cinestage Seasons
David Niven (Phileas
Fogg), Cantinflas (Passepartout),
(Princess Aouda) &
Cameos by: Finlay
Sydney, Noël Coward,
Sir John Gielgud,
Boyer, Evelyn Keyes,
José Greco, Luis
Mowbray, Sir Cedric
Coburn, Peter Lorre,
George Raft, Red
Keaton, Col. Tim
McCoy, Joe E. Brown,
Andy Devine, Edmund
McLaglen, Jack Oakie,
John Mills, Glynis
Gingold, A. E.
Royde, Mike Mazurki.
Edward R. Murrow
The Academy Awards:
• Best Picture: Michael Todd,
Best Cinematography Color: Lionel Lindon
Best Film Editing: Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Victor
Best Writing, Best Screenplay, Adapted: John Farrow, S. J.
Perelman, and James Poe
Academy Awards Nominee:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color: Ken Adam, Ross
Dowd, and James W. Sullivan
Best Costume Design, Color: Miles White
Best Director: Michael Anderson
Todd and Brian O'Brien Jr discussing Todd-AO camera film technique in Chinchon (Spain).
Picture from Brian O'Brien Jr.'s collection
The punctilious Phileas Fogg (David Niven)
is once again without a "gentleman's gentleman" for it seems the
exacting duties he requires from his menials are not conducive to long
service. The proprietor of an employment agency (Noel Coward) despairs
of ever being able to satisfy the rich and enigmatic Mr Fogg as he
listens to the most recently discharged valet (John Gielgud) violently
denouncing his former master as "a tyrant, a cold-blooded fiend, as cold
and implac-able as the two watches he carries about with him", when a
small Latin by the name of Passe-partout (Cantinflas) volunteers his
services and is eventually hired.
That same evening in the card-room of the exclusive Reform Club when
playing whist with his usual partners, who are discussing a £50,000
robbery from the Bank of England, Fogg expresses the opinion that the
thief is obviously a resourceful character, one whom it will be most
difficult to capture. The pompous Governor of the Bank of England
(Robert Morley) is convinced that the culprit will soon be laid by the
heels; detectives all the world over have been alerted with a full
This prompts another player to observe that the world is a large place
to hide in, but the Governor claims that it is not so in this year of
1872 for it can be encircled in three months. Fogg quietly remarks that
80 days is sufficient to girdle the globe. Thus the fabulous bet for
£20,000 is laid and Fogg and his valet are off on the adventure of
The first stop is Paris where they are informed by the dapper manager of
Thomas Cook & Sons, that an avalanche has blocked the railroad to
Marseilles and it will take a week before anything can get through.
Unperturbed, Fogg buys a balloon and with the faithful Passepartout
drifts across the mountains to Spain. A fast boat is necessary to get to
Marseilles where the R.M.S. "Mongolia" will take them further on their
journey. But the "Mongolia" is scheduled to leave in ten hours. The
local potentate, entranced by Passepartout's exhibition at a bull fight
puts a yacht at their disposal.
All goes well until Suez is reached when they encounter on board one
Inspector Fix (Robert Newton), who believes Fogg is the Bank of England
robber Fix tries to get proof that Fogg is the thief but without
success. During the journey from Bombay to Calcutta, Fogg and
Passepartout manage to find time to rescue a beautiful Indian princess
(Shirley MacLaine), who joins them in the bid to win the wager
Meanwhile, Fix has been busy and learns that Fogg and Co. have made
reservations to sail aboard the S.S. "Carnatic" to Yokohama the morning
after they arrive in Hong Kong and foils the trio from reaching the
"Carnatic" in time. However, the resourceful Fogg charters a Chinese
junk and reaches Yokohama in time to catch another ship for San
Francisco where they become involved in local electioneering.
An exciting train journey across the American continent during which
time they are attacked by Indians and rescued by U.S. Cavalry ends with
the wanderers finally getting to New York. Fogg hires a trading ship,
the "Henrietta", to get them to Liverpool. Time is now pressing and the
wager is all but lost when the ship runs out of fuel within sight of
England. By burning every piece of superstructure and furniture aboard,
the ship manages to make the shore.
The exultant Fogg is about to entrain for London when Fix arrests him
for the Bank of England robbery All is lost, they can now never get to
London in time. Some hours later Fogg is released from gaol when the
police realise a mistake has been made.
The saddened trio arrive in London but dejec-tion is turned to joy when
it is discovered that during their world journey they crossed the
international date line thereby gaining an entire day. The rush to the
Reform Club is hectic and Fogg walks in on the astonished gathering with
one second to spare and claims the wager
80 Days Production Diary
a bullfight in Chinchon (Spain). Picture from Robert Weisgerbers's
19.11.1954 Mike Todd plans to start shooting
"80 days" in London end of January
24.11.1954 "Around the World in 80 days" is heading for the screen says Phil
Reisman, president of the Todd-AO Corporation
09.01.1955 Mike Todd made a deal with United Artists' Arthur B. Krim to
distribute the print-down version of "80 Days".
18.04.1955 Cantinflas has been signed to star in "80 Days"
02.05.1955 David Niven announce he has been cast as the male romantic lead
in "80 Days"
06.06.1955 John Farrow is now Producer as well Director of "80 Days"
29.06.1955 Press is introduced to David Niven and Cantinflas in Tijuana with
chartered DC7 airplane, so he could smoke his cigars. Press is served caviar
07.07.1955 Mike Todd is moving headquarters from Culver City to RKO in the
Gower St. lot
15.07.1955 S J Perelman is signed to write "80 Days" script
20.07.1955 Mike Todd flies back to Europe next week
09.08.1955 Mike Todd equipped with 6 cameras in Spain. Mike Todd buys
Alexander Korda's interest in "80 Days" for 100.000 USD
17.08.1955 A bull smashes a Todd-AO Bug-Eye lens, and production suspended
48 hours until a new Bug-Eye lens arrives from Southbridge. Director John
Farrow resigns, and Mike Todd signs Michael Anderson to direct the film
19.08.1955 Mike Todd arrives Los Angeles to view rushes of footage made in
30.08.1955 Filming begins with Cantinflas in Chelsea, London and at MGM's
studios at Elstree
31.08.1955 David Niven goes to London to start filming "80 days"
06.09.1955 "80 Days" production moves to England after finished shooting in
Spain. Labour trouble at Elstree Studios, UK on overtime pay. Mike Todd
considering relocating to continent
14.09.1955 Mike Todd returns to Los Angeles from "80 Days" filming in Europe
20.09.1955 Filming in Durango, Colorado, first scenes for Shirley MacLaine
28.09.1955 Todd and O'Brien invited to go to London to talk about Todd-AO 5.
03.10.1955 "80 Days" starts shooting at the RKO Gower street lot
06.10.1955 Mike Todd goes to Lawton, Okla. to direct 2nd unit scenes with
the train, involving 400 Indians and 1600 buffalos
13.10.1955 Mike Todd signs Hugo Winterhalter to compose "80 Days" score
14.10.1955 Ballon ascension scenes filmed at U-I back lot
01.11.1955 Mike Todd sells his shares in Todd-AO and Magna, to finance "80
days" with another 2 million dollars
03.11.1955 Todd-AO Made 5-year deal with Kling Studios' stage 3 for Todd-AO
08.11.1955 Kevin McClory return with footage from Far east, and returns to
Pakistan to get more footage. Mike Todd keeps him away from Liz Talyor
08.11.1955 Mike Todd re-start work on "War and Peace" in Todd-AO, and he
promises "They'll have to invent new adjectives"
of 70mm print leader by John Carver
23.11.1955 Mike Todd sign 10-picture deal with Todd-AO
November 1955 Model of S.S. Henrietta - footage scrapped and refilmed
February 1956 off the coast of Balboa
05.12.1955 Mike Todd wraps "80 Days" in 75 days, 5 days under schedule -
some pick up shots still to be made
09.12.1955 Todd-AO and Kling Studios negotiations
03.02.1956 Paddle wheeler boat sailed to Catalina
07.02.1956 Mike Todd films guided missile sequence in White Sands, N.M. for
15.02.1956 S.S. Henrietta scenes filmed
16.02.1956 David Niven sails back to the UK on board Queen Elizabeth
22.02.1956 Mike Todd called 16 players to the international airport to film
scenes for the prolouge, including David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton
and Shirley Maclaine
24.02.1956 "Around the World in 80 Days" sound effects work at Kling Lot
29.02.1956 Mike Todd settles three theatres to showcase "80 Days"; Pantages
(Hollywood), Golden Gate (San Francisco) and Hippodrome (Baltimore)
04.03.1956 Salley Newton in talks to dub the voice of Shirley Maclaine
19.03.1956 Todd-AO Scoring Stage officially opens at the former Kling Lot,
26.03.1056 Maria Lanza sees 3½ hour version of "80 days"
29.03.1956 Mike Todd arrived back from Paris and announced a 7. September
world premiere opening of "80 Days" in New York, followed by London a month
later and Paris in November. Mexico and Los Angeles in December
02.04.1956 Mike Todd names Joe Tritsch (Technical Supervisor for the Michael
Todd Corporation) as Master Projectionist for all "80 Days" road showings
24.04.1956 George P. Skouras says "MAGNA now have 16 new 65mm cameras ready
07.05.1956 Technicolor ready to process 65mm and 70mm film
13.05.1956 Mike Todd returned from Russia with a 5-picture deal in Todd-AO
29.06.1956 "80 Days" premiere 15.11.1956 in Moscow announced
11.07.1956 Edward R. Murrow completes a 5-day prologue shooting schedule in
08.08.1956 Mike Todd announces "80 Days" World premiere at the Rivoli 17.
October 1956. Mike Todd rented the Rivoli on a four-wall basis. 10 shows
weekly scheduled, on reserved seat basis. Mike Todd Jr. named general
manager of the NYC presentation.
10.08.1956 "80 Days" premiere 21.10.1956 in Moscow announced
23.08.1956 Mike Todd finalizing deal for producing "The Great Concert" in
Russia in Todd-AO
29.08.1956 Mike Todd admitted to Screen Producers Guild
12.09.1956 Eddie Fisher records "Around the World in 80 Days" song for RCA
19.09.1956 Mike Todd leases the Carthay Circle (Los Angeles)
17.10.1956 World Premiere at the
The Rivoli Theatre, New York
18.10.1956 New York Herald Tribune, New York Times, New York Post reviews of
"80 Days" premiere
02.02.1957 Mike Todd marries Elizabeth taylor
21.03.1958 Mike Todd killed in plane crash
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