American director Orson Welles was considering the possibility of directing the picture but, because of previous engagements, ended up doing a stage production of the story. In 1986 it was made into a TV mini-series.
The beginning of the film features a prologue by Edward R. Murrow, the esteemed television journalist. It also includes the first film ever to be based on a Jules Verne novel, Melies's A TRIP TO THE MOON from 1902. Georges Melies was one of the earliest French filmmakers whose films still exist, and his film of the Verne novel was about 3 minutes long.
Shot in Todd-AO, and Eastmancolor.
Winner of 67 international best picture honors.
Although the film won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture--Drama, Cantinflas received the Golden Globe for Best Actor--Musical/Comedy.
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1956
Academy Awards Best Picture 1956
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1956 John Farrow
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1956 Victor Young Score Composer - "Three Coins in the Fountain"
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1956 Lionel Lindon American Director of Photography
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1956 James Poe American Screenwriter
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1956 S. J. Perelman American Writer/Humorist