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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 »

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Jimmy Clitheroe ...
General Tom Thumb
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Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
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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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Madelaine
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
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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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Richard Boyd-Barrett, Irish politician, was born in November 1967, son of Sinéad Cusack and Vincent Dowling. See more »

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

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We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
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Rocket to the Moon - Beautiful, flawed little whimsy of a film
22 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you watch the dreadful FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON with Joseph Cotten, George Sanders and some dreadful special effects, this little film looks so much better. On it's own, it has it's own set of virtues and faults. Too silly and trite for some of the jokes (the climactic chase the with always delightful Deliah Levi and the villains) is clumsy, some of the jokes stupid. And like so many American International films, it wants to be better than it actually is. MASTER OF THE WORLD comes to mind. The virtues is that the British films of this period emulating Victorian England were very beautifully done. THE WRONG BOX and THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU come to mind. The music is a highlight and it is almost impossible to find, at times, a happier little film than this one is in spots. The ending is a perfect ending to a tale long known by Jules Verne fans. Compared to THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN and THE GREAT RACE, it comes of a poor second but still worth a viewing on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Pleasant.


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