American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days

American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days

Director: Mel Bucklin, Christine Lesiak, David Ogden Stiers

Cast: Mel Bucklin, Christine Lesiak, David Ogden Stiers

     
 
Before there was a Helen Thomas, there was Nellie Bly. Known at "the best reporter in America" in 1890, Bly continuously took great risks to grab the headlines. During the day of the of stunt journalist, Bly had herself committed in order to expose the abuse of the mentally ill. Other guises included a domestic employee, a chorus girl, and an unwed mother. But it was

Overview

Before there was a Helen Thomas, there was Nellie Bly. Known at "the best reporter in America" in 1890, Bly continuously took great risks to grab the headlines. During the day of the of stunt journalist, Bly had herself committed in order to expose the abuse of the mentally ill. Other guises included a domestic employee, a chorus girl, and an unwed mother. But it was her ultimate feat of daring-do when the then-25-year-old took on the task of circling the globe and outdoing the record set by the fictitious yet legendary character, Phileas Fogg, in the novel Around the World in 80 Days. When she traveled around the world in just 72 days, beating Jules Verne's fictional escapade, she turned herself into a world celebrity. American Experience: Around the World in 72 Days paints a portrait of a remarkably ambitious woman who, in an era of Victorian reserve, would become a household name by doing things a woman wasn't supposed to do. ~ Brooke Hodess

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0783421401099
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
0:56:00
Sales rank:
64,089

Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the American Experience web site; Printable materials for educators; Scene selection; Closed captions

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Around the World in 72 Days
1. Introduction [1:08]
2. An Independent Woman [13:06]
3. Inside the Madhouse [12:54]
4. Stunt Reporting [7:50]
5. Around the World [15:59]
6. Credits [1:23]

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