Studio painter adds finishing touch to tree made of
a stalk of yucca plant with small juniper branches.

the earth in 80 days. This was virtually an impossibility in 1872, the year in which the Jules Verne classic is laid, but by using a balloon, trains and the fastest available ships, the travelers manage to win their bet. En route they are plagued by the many difficulties the Verne wrote into his story.

Special-effects man sets trees into rocky bank behind the trestle, then gives forest a touch-up with sprayer.

Part of film shows trip by balloon. Here huge crane
moves the balloon across scene in front of the camera.

Most motion pictures star only a few well-known actors but 80 Days uses 45 top Hollywood stars. David Niven, Cantinflas, and Shirley MacLaine play the leads, and other parts are taken by Robert Newton, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Coleman, Marlene Dietrich, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton,

Prop man adjusts rock in stream. Hidden pipe produces the effect of water rushing around the rock.
Popular Mechanics August, 1956
Page 5 of 8
[ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ]
Back to the Time Machine
Back to the Lobby
Original material ©1956 Popular Mechanics Company
HTML Transcription ©2001 The American WideScreen Museum