Around the World in 80 Days: Special Edition

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Released 1956

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    • The overwhelming majority of the famous stars playing cameo roles in this film were paid in gifts, rather than money - for example, Ronald Colman was given a new Cadillac automobile, whilst others received paintings or sculptures. Tyro producer Michael Todd - whose only producing credit in the cinema this was - frequently ran out of money during the extended filming and was at one point briefly jailed because of the number of bounced cheques he had signed. The film being his only asset at the time, this was impounded by his creditors, but Todd was able to continue editing the film in jail. The picture proved to be a gigantic hit and multiple Oscar-winner, so one hopes all debts were eventually settled.

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    • The first director signed to make the film was John Farrow, who also collaborated on the screenplay. However, he was fired by producer Mike Todd on the second day of filming and was replaced by Michael Anderson, a much younger and less famous director. Farrow retained his writing credit on the film and thus was, ironically, a winner of one of the film's Oscars. S.J. Perelman, who shared the writing credit with Farrow and James Poe, described Farrow's dismissal as "an unexpected stroke of luck", although he later referred to Mike Todd as "a cheap carnival grifter with the ethics of a stoat".

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