16 user 8 critic

Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (original title)
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 »



(original story) (as Peter Welbeck), (inspired by the writings of) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Sam Itzkovitch
Stars: Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man gives his co-worker a series of lessons on how to cheat on one's wife without being caught.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens, Sue Ane Langdon
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven
Comedy | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà
Khartoum (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon
Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson
Topkapi (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A conman gets mixed up with a group of thieves who plan to rob an Istanbul museum to retrieve a jeweled dagger.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell
Bedazzled (1967)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
Stars: Nicole Maurey, Howard Keel, Janette Scott
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1st century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its supposedly magical powers.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Clitheroe ...
General Tom Thumb
Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Graham Stark ...
Professor von Bulow (as Gert Frobe)
Sir Charles Dillworthy
The Duke of Barset
Edward de Souza ...
Henri (as Edward De Souza)
Renate von Holt ...
Anna (as Renata Holt)
Joachim Teege ...
Stratford Johns ...
Warrant Officer


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The most fabulous entertainment event of the year!





Release Date:

26 July 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Those Fantastic Flying Fools  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Richard Boyd-Barrett, Irish politician, was born in November 1967, son of Sinead Cusack and Vincent Dowling. See more »


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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits: and Queen Victoria JOAN STERNDALE BENNETT God Bless her ! See more »


We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Performed by Vernon Hayden, Tom Irwin, Ronnie Walsh and Terry-Thomas (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Verne Gun Cannon Again and some welcome comedy
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1960s there was a new phenomenon in movie comedies: the comedy that included every known comic in the business, usually in some mad plot. America gave us IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD,THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!,and THE GREAT RACE. Britain gave us THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES and MONTE CARLO OR BUST. Both of those films dealt with speed contests (the 1910 London to Paris air contest, and the first Monte Carlo rally). Both had several comic actors in them (Terry-Thomas, Gert Frobe, Tony Hancock, Dudley Moore and Peter Cooke, Tony Curtis, Alberto Sordi). Then, in 1967, came THOSE FANTASTIC, FEARLESS, FLYING FOOLS (also known as ROCKET TO THE MOON). Like the other two films from England, it was a period piece, set in the 1870s. But the story is basically a transposed version of Jules Verne's FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. The original novel was set in Florida (oddly enough near modern day Cape Kennedy)after the American Civil War. In ROCKET TO THE MOON P.T. Barnum plans to build a "Columbiad" cannon inside a mountain in Wales, and have the moon capsule piloted by General Tom Thumb. Instead it becomes a British national issue, and a committee is formed headed by Dennis Price (the Duke of Barset - another literary borrowing, only from Anthony Trollope). Unfortunately Terry-Thomas and his business partner Lionel Jeffries are also involved in the committee, and they both see a chance to make money on this. Jeffries is the original capsule builder, but Barnum points out that Jeffries design only enables the capsule to go to the moon period. "Hold it laddy," intones Jeffries, "I was told to design a capsule to get a traveller to the moon...nobody said a word about getting him back." Jeffries is replaced. Subsequently Price discovers that Terry-Thomas has been gambling away the committee's money, and he is fired. Facing financial ruin, both men decide to sabotage the project.

Gert Frobe, the inventor of the new explosive to use to send the vehicle to the moon, is a totally mad German scientist. His best moment in the film is a whimsical one. He has designed vocal semaphore devices that you speak through. This enables the two people who are communicating not to be heard and understood by anyone else, for the machines break down the words to syllables that are hard to understand. The other person, using the other semaphore (but winding it backwards)is supposed to reattach the syllables into an understandable set of words. Unfortunately, as Frobe discovers, the device does not quite work. "I can't understand a word he's saying.", a doubtful Frobe says.

Actually Burl Ives and Terry Thomas have choice moments too. Ives accidentally stumbles on the site where some of Frobe's explosive is being tested, and desperately tries to break the fuse with a rock and his cane. Terry Thomas has designed an early automobile that runs on "gas" - meaning "neon" from street-lamps. Jeffries says that the whole nature of the vehicle is immoral - it runs on stolen gas! "That's not the point!", says Terry-Thomas, "It's very economical!"

It is not a bad film, and can be a little enjoyable in its whimsy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Goofs in user comments? thecatthiefv
Soundtrack original? heidegg-1
Discuss Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: