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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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Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty
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The Neanderthal Man / Passenger on Airport
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Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
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Captain Rumpelstoss
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Storyline

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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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 1910-era airplanes used in the film were replicas built using the authentic materials of the originals, but with slightly more powerful engines. About 20 planes were built at a cost of about 5,000 pounds each. See more »

Goofs

The location of Sir Percy on the roof of the train changes. It crashes between the fourth and fifth carriages. Sir Percy then makes his way to the second carriage, but in the side view of the train as it enters the tunnel, he is seen on the first carriage jumping onto the second carriage. When the train exits the tunnel he is now on the third carriage. See more »

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Fire Chief Perkins: Leave my fire engine alone!
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Closing credits: Those Magnificent Men - and Women - were ... See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) See more »

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Frere Jacques
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Played on the phonograph when the French team mocks the German team's flag ritual
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A Comedy for the Ages; Farce, Beauty Aloft, Humorous Types Below
28 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Those Magnificent Men" probably looked on story boards like merely a colorful, often humorous and very enactable satire of an era, of its nations and of the early days of manned flight. Its plot line involved an international air race, from England to Paris, for whose prizes competitors in home-made aircraft from all over the world would journey to compete. The racers included Stuart Whitman aided by his brother Sam Wanamaker (Wilbur and Orville) from the U.S., James Fox of England, Albert Sordi from Italy, Gert Frobe and his team from Germany, Jean-Pierre Cassell and his ebullient hard-drinking group from France, plus a Scotsman and his dog, the villainous Sir Percy and his henchman, Terry-Thomas and Eric Sykes, a Japanese entrant and many others. Others in the large cast of the ensuing film also included Robert Morely as the wealthy patrician organizer of the race, a rather weak Sarah Miles as his daughter, beautiful Irina Demick who keeps turning up in every locale (in a new persona) and many more. But what the film's makers forgot was that the bravery and beauty of these canvas-winged and wooden primitive aircraft taking off and actually achieving flight would upstage even the often-hilarious comedy of the well-written proceedings. Using Red Skelton as "every man who has ever dreamed of flight", the producers prepared for the race, staged the race, and awarded the prizes--the climax being the arrival of the racers and what happened near the finish line, plus a justly happy ending. The film was written by Ken Annakin with Jack Davies, and Annakin directed it very competently also. Ron Goodwin's music and title song are well-remembered treats too. Others in the large, attractive cast include narrator James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Zena Marshall, Karl Michael Vogler, Yujiro Ishihara, Benny Hill, Flora Robson and Jeremy Lloyd. The film's pace is beautifully varied and consistently-maintained; the action includes acts of sabotage by the villains, practice flights gone wrong, low-comedy, a duel between the dour Frobe and devil-may-care Cassell conducted in hot air balloons, national humor at the expense of all concerned and incidents before and during the race. This is a very well-acted film; but the fine technical achievements and subordinate arts here had to take a back seat to the flight of the many wonderful "early birds", who outshone even the amusing national types who flew them. A much-imitated and superior comedy classic of its sort.


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