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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Stuart Whitman's character Orvil Newton is possibly named after inventor Orville Wright who helped build the first airplane and scientist Sir Isaac Newton who made discoveries regarding gravity. See more »
The locomotive pulling the train that Sir Percy lands on is actually Scottish. It's Highland Railway No 103 of 1894, the only surviving Highland Railway locomotive, and is now on static display in Glasgow Museum of Transport. See more »
Few films there are ineed that I would be willing to pay a lot to have on DVD, but this certainly is!
In my book it rates with Tati's best, and he's tops!
The idea of making a film about aircraft was not new, I guess, but to do it such manner is still unique! Who would make a film
about an air-race between London and Paris, and do it as a comedy, with almost perfect dialogue, details and acting, but the British?
A number of vintage aircraft (circa 1909) were repaired/constructed
and flown for the flight sequencies, from the minuscle Demoiselle (the replica too small to have a male pilot!) via big, boxkite-like Cody's, inspired by Farmans to the Antoinette, which was 100% original!
As in any slapstick film there are villains (Terry Thomas, and Eric Sykes), pompous Germans, elegant Italians, flirting Frenchmen and the honest guy, of course!
Liking both British humour and aircraft, plus the good acting, the clever and exciting cinematography, and the excellent directing from Mr Annikin I can't but smile!
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