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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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Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
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Mother Superior
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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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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Creating the Filmation Generation", Filmation was interested in producing an animated series based on the film, and held a presentation in 1969 with art inspired by Ronald Searle's opening titles. The concept failed to sell, but that same year competitor Hanna-Barbera debuted a similar show, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1969). See more »

Goofs

As Fire Chief Perkins watches the planes arrive from the windmill, his tunic varies between undone and buttoned up, depending whether he is seen from the side or the front. See more »

Quotes

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 Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (2015) 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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"Up, Down, Flying Around, Looping The Loop And Defying The Ground"
10 October 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm one of the biggest fans of old newsreels and I don't think there are too many of us who haven't seen some of that ancient footage with all those odd contraptions showing man's attempt to fly in the early 20th century. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone got the bright idea to do a comedy from those attempts.

Some of them weren't all that funny, people did in fact get killed, a lot of them in trying to master the air. But by 1910 there were all kinds of airplanes and even some early helicopters and a lot are shown in Those Magnificent Men.

The plot centers about an international race from London to Paris sponsored by one of the English press lords played in true John Bull style by Robert Morley. He's got a spirited suffragette daughter in Sarah Miles and a most proper member of the King's Coldstream Guards in James Fox courting her.

But along comes another flier, an American cowboy, Stuart Whitman who becomes Fox's air and romantic rival. But the film's got more than that. It's got Italian hopeful Alberto Sordi who can impregnate his wife with a dirty look. It's got Frenchman Jean Pierre-Cassel who keeps running into Irina Demick every place he goes. It's even got another English contestant in Terry-Thomas who's busy trying to sabotage everyone else.

However my favorite is the German entry, Gert Frobe. Poor Frobe has to pinch hit for the original German flier who partied too hardy. But as he tries to prove as long as you follow the instruction book, the German Army can accomplish anything. Seeing him try to fly his airplane while reading the instruction book is my favorite memory of Those Magnificent Men.

That and that incredibly catchy title song. I defy anyone to watch this film and not come away humming that tune for weeks. It will embed itself in your subconscious forever.

Those Magnificent Men is good entertainment and a gentle tribute to those early air pioneers.


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