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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The most fabulous entertainment event of the year!


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26 July 1967 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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Trivia

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

Closing credits: Joan Sterndale Bennett as Queen Victoria.... God Bless her! See more »

Soundtracks

We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Performed by Vernon Hayden, Tom Irwin, Ronnie Walsh and Terry-Thomas (uncredited)
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Visually acceptable, but quite scattered storyline ......
12 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with 'Blast Off", if you are willing to travel back to Victorian England, and enjoy the era. The era of scientific wonder and adventure, is depicted quite nicely. What is not depicted quite nicely is any kind of cohesive story. Vascillating between science fiction, farce, and romance, gradually scrambles the story to the point of bewilderment. While things start off with master showman P.T. Barnum and his miniature sidekick Tom Thumb trying to stage one of their spectacular "events", the movie eventually deteriorates into slapstick. "Blast Off" does have a few moments of dark comedy intertwined with all the nonsense. "Don't they usually give medals after the return trip?" - MERK


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