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
The soundtrack features a piece of music by Ron Goodwin entitled "The Schickel Shamble" (which accompanies many of Gert Fröbe's scenes). This was later used as the theme for the BBC radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" which featured William Rushton among the panellists. See more »
The Danish-German border scene is almost exceptionlessly inaccurate. On the map, the border is shown to be somewhere near Lübeck. The film is set in the 1920s; if intended to replicate the northern border of Imperial Germany, the border was in Christiansfeld and this part (South Schleswig) was furthermore ceded to Denmark on June 14, 1920. The German border post includes the old black-white-and-red German flags despite the black-red-and-gold flag being long accepted at this time, especially on a national border. The customs officers have hats with emblems of the Weimar Republic. See more »
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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