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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty
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Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
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Captain Rumpelstoss


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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Release Date:

16 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines  »

Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two of the replicas (the "1910 Bristol Boxkite" and the "1911 Roe IV Triplane") built for the film still fly across the English countryside as both are preserved in the "Shuttleworth Collection" based at Old Warden, Bedfordshire. See more »


The next person to take off after Orvil at the start of the race is Lieutenant Parsons (RN) and his dog. When he is shown to be moving down the runway to take off, Orvil's plane is still sitting on the runway behind the Lt.'s plane when it should have already been airborne. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: Those Magnificent Men - and Women - were ... See more »


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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Words and Music by Ron Goodwin
[sung by chorus over main and end titles]
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Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics.
1 March 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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