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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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16 June 1965 (USA)  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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The French entry in the race, flown by the character Pierre Dubois, is a replica of the "Demoiselle", designed by the Brazilian expatriate Alberto Santos Dumont, who had been believed by the French to be the first to fly a powered aircraft, until Wilbur Wright & Orville Wright's demonstrations in 1908. The replica builders were faithful in constructing the Demoiselle, but no one could get it to leave the ground until it was discovered that Dumont had been a very small man who weighed only 85 pounds. A female pilot Joan Hughes was hired. She successfully flew the plane throughout the filming. See more »

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When Orvil Newton removes Patricia Rawnsley's bloomers from her bicycle sprocket and chain, they drop to the ground. In the next scene, the bloomers are again stuck in the bicycle sprocket and chain and are removed a second time by the two of them. See more »

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Colonel: [Having helped Richard Mays return to the race] I think I'll get one of those Muriel
Colonel's Wife: I shouldn't Willie, you're near enough to your wings as it is.
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LA CALUNNIA UN VENTICELLO
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(from IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini
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Slapstick on an airy level
26 August 2002 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

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!

9/10, easily!


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