A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.
In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by
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Michael Trubshawe's character is addressed by Robert Morley as "Niven". Michael Trubshawe and David Niven were very close friends from when they served in the military garrison at Malta together and David Niven would call uncredited characters in his films "Trubshawe". So this was Trubshawe's way of returning the compliment. See more »
The Germans are introduced with the song "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" ("Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit") which became the national anthem in 1922. In 1910, the imperial anthem "Heil dir im Siegerkranz" had the same melody as Britain's "God Save the King" and America's "My Country Tis of Thee." However, "Deutschland" was already a well-known song, and in any case it is heard by the audience, not the characters. This distinctly German song is a deliberate choice for the scene, as playing the "God Save" melody for Germans would be extremely confusing to a modern audience. See more »
Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics.
Centred around a London-to-Paris air race early in the 1900's, this is a wonderful English comedy spoofing national characteristics! You know the sort of thing, the expansive American hero, the fair-playing Englishman, the great French lover, the emotional Italian count, the enigmatic Japanese, the humourless pomp-loving German, and so on.
The casting is interesting, for this light-hearted movie's principal roles are filled by actors who are far more familiar playing the heavy: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Gert Frobe. And make no mistake, they are superb at it!
Offending no-one of any age, this movie plays out against the back-drop of the air race, with a fantastic array of primitive aircraft. It is fun and full of life, tripping along easily and smoothly from one delightful absurdity to another. The English have made this movie, and while they have considerable fun at the expense of the Frenchman and the German, they cannot resist poking the bulk of the fun at themselves. They do so by augmenting the cast with the shifty Englishman (Terry-Thomas), the confidence man (Tony Hancock), and the foreigner-distrusting representative of the upper crust (Robert Morley).
This movie is a must see for anyone with any pretense to a sense of humour!
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