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Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)

Monte Carlo or Bust! (original title)
An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.

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Cast

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Monsieur Dupont
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Marcello
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Angelo
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Major Dawlish
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Chester Schofield
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Marie-Claude
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Pascale
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Willi Schickel / Horst Müller (as Gert Frobe)
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Betty
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Count Levinovitch
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Dominique
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Lt. Barrington
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Otto
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Perkins
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In an international car rally, competitors must travel from various points in Europe to Monte Carlo, then race their cars. Things are complicated by smuggling, cheating, honor, inventions, medicine, and love at first sight... Written by Anonymous

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June 1969 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Tony Curtis had appeared in an equally star-laden film about a similar subject, The Great Race (1965), four years earlier. See more »

Goofs

(at around 9 mins) When they pull in front of "Armitage Motors" the chimneys and cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant can be seen in the background. While this type of cooling tower is incorrectly thought to be used only on nuclear plants, they were actually first used in the UK on a coal-fired plant in 1924. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing sequence: Revolving Automobile Tire segues into the Paramount Logo. See more »

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Referenced in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) See more »

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Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Sung by Jimmy Durante
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A fun film to watch if you like the cast
12 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife prefers "The Great Race" over this film. Both films are period comedies involving automobile races. Both star Tony Curtis. As for me, I prefer "Those Daring Young Fools in Their Jaunty Jalopies" (aka "Monte Carlo or Bust.") Why? The supporting cast.

First of all, I'm a huge Terry-Thomas fan. So for me, this was reason enough to purchase a LaserDisc of this film. Eric Sykes, Gert Frobe, et al are all good too! This is also a sequel of sorts to "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines." Terry-Thomas plays the grown son of the character that he played in the earlier film. And, Eric Sykes is back as his side-kick. Both films also feature Gert Frobe as a German, and both films were directed by Ken Annakin.

There is an awkward edit just prior to the final stage of the rally, but it appears to have been done on purpose (for effect).

I've suddenly remembered that there are at least two versions of this film. The European cut of this film ran 122 minutes. The American cut ran 93 minutes. The LaserDisc release (which I mentioned earlier) is the longer European cut in widescreen with the American opening title sequence. I have never seen the shorter version, so I can't comment on it's relative merits as compared to the longer version.


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