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Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

Five Weeks in a Balloon





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With Five Weeks in a Balloon, 20th Century-Fox hoped to cash on the success of the studio's earlier Jules Verne adaptation Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959). The plot is set in motion when 19th-century explorer Fergusson (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) volunteers to head a balloon expedition to claim an otherwise unreachable chunk of African territory for the British Empire. Along for the ride are reporter Donald O'Shay (Red Buttons), absent-minded professor Sir Henry Vining (Richard Haydn), Vining's assistant Jacques (Fabian) and schoolmarm Susan Gale (Barbara Eden). Along the way, the little party acquires another passenger when they rescue native girl Makia (Barbara Luna) from a slave trader. Their many near-death experiences include a run-in with evil potentate Sheik Ageiba (Henry Daniell). Other reliable characters on hand include Peter Lorre, Herbert Marshall, Reginald Owen, Mike Mazurki, and, in a dual role, sneezemaster Billy Gilbert. Since no one could be expected to take this sort of fare seriously, Five Weeks in a Balloon is played tongue-in-cheek, peppered with such overripe dialogue as "You, sir, are a cad!" and "Kismet! We are doomed!"more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Irwin Allen, Charles Bennett, Albert Gail
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On DVD: Mar 14, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Red Buttons
as Donald O'Shay
as Jacques
Barbara Eden
as Susan Gale
Richard Haydn
as Sir Henry Vining
Billy Gilbert
as Sultan-Auctioneer
Herbert Marshall
as Prime Minister
Henry Daniell
as Sheik Ageiba
Mike Mazurki
as Slave Captain
Alan Caillou
as Inspector
Chester the Chimp
as The Duchess
Chester the Chimp
as `The Duchess'
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This movie is reminiscent of Voyage to the Bottom of the sea mostly because of the cast and because of the theme and plot. I liked this movie better, it's more exciting, but still it's not a great movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Strictly for the Saturday matinee. Artificial and lumbering.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An entertaining old flick. Some good lines for a laugh. And I was hearing lines I could have swore I have heard in other more recent movies.

Jason Roberts

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