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Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)
"Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon" (original title)

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Phineas T Barnum and friends finance the first flight to the moon but find the task a little above them. They attempt to blast their rocket into orbit from a massive gun barrel built into ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Clitheroe ...
General Tom Thumb
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Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Graham Stark ...
Grundle
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Professor von Bulow (as Gert Frobe)
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Sir Charles Dillworthy
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The Duke of Barset
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Gaylord
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Edward de Souza ...
Henri (as Edward De Souza)
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Angelica
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Electra
Renate von Holt ...
Anna (as Renata Holt)
Joachim Teege ...
Bulgeroff
Stratford Johns ...
Warrant Officer
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Phineas T Barnum and friends finance the first flight to the moon but find the task a little above them. They attempt to blast their rocket into orbit from a massive gun barrel built into the side of a Welsh mountain, but money troubles, spies and saboteurs ensure that the plan is doomed before it starts. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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26 July 1967 (USA)  »

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Bing Crosby was attached to this project he was going to play P.T.Barnum but delays and rewrites caused him to drop out. See more »

Quotes

Phineas T. Barnum: A common device for swindling! In my day you'd be led to a room with a gun on the table. The door would be closed. A shot would ring out. A woman would scream.
Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe: I say, I did so like the part about the woman screaming!
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Closing credits: Joan Sterndale Bennett as Queen Victoria.... God Bless her! See more »

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We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Performed by Mike Clifford (uncredited)
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Waste of time
19 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

JULES VERNE'S ROCKET TO THE MOON is a clear rip-off of the British ensemble comedy THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, employing much of the same cast in a second attempted bite of the apple. Despite the best efforts of the actors involved, this is second rate stuff indeed, badly written and deeply disjointed throughout.

First off: the title is a misnomer as this isn't based on a Verne story, instead simply "inspired" by his work. Secondly, the narrative is just very poor. There are too many characters spoiling the broth and the story just kind of meanders all over the place. There's no real consistency in tone and the characters veer from good to bad to in-between. Thirdly, the laboured humour just feels forced and unfunny.

It's a shame, because there are some great stars here, including Burl Ives making a decent stab of the larger-than-life P. T. Barnum. Gert Frobe is an eccentric oddball as always, Terry-Thomas is reliably Terry-Thomas, and Jimmy Clitheroe is good value for money, although underused. Lionel Jeffries and Dennis Price bag the best roles as two driven Empirical men but too much screen time is given to the wooden Troy Donahue; Hammer star Edward De Souza (KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) is much better but barely seen.


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