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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Orvil Newton
... Patricia Rawnsley
... Richard Mays
... Count Emilio Ponticelli
... Lord Rawnsley
... Colonel Manfred Von Holstein (as Gert Frobe)
... Pierre Dubois
... Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty
... Courtney
... The Neanderthal Man / Passenger on Airport
... Sir Percy Ware-Armitage
... Fire Chief Perkins
... Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
... Mother Superior
... Captain Rumpelstrosse
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In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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16 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,111,111
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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cadence which Colonel von Holstein is counting, before Rumpelstrosse loses control of his plane on the ground, is "Links! Links! Zwei! Drei! Vier! Links!" which translates as "Left! Left! Two! Three! Four! Left!" See more »

Goofs

As Fire Chief Perkins watches the planes arrive from the windmill, his tunic varies between undone and buttoned up, depending whether he is seen from the side or the front. See more »

Quotes

[Reading from flight instruction manual]
Colonel Manfred von Holstein: Step one: sit down.
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For the major roles, caricatures of the main cast drawn by Ronald Searle are seen on screen with the name of performer and the character, after which each screen of credits has a drawing by Searle, based on the theme of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (2015) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Heard at the finish line
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Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics.
1 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Centred around a London-to-Paris air race early in the 1900's, this is a wonderful English comedy spoofing national characteristics! You know the sort of thing, the expansive American hero, the fair-playing Englishman, the great French lover, the emotional Italian count, the enigmatic Japanese, the humourless pomp-loving German, and so on.

The casting is interesting, for this light-hearted movie's principal roles are filled by actors who are far more familiar playing the heavy: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Gert Frobe. And make no mistake, they are superb at it!

Offending no-one of any age, this movie plays out against the back-drop of the air race, with a fantastic array of primitive aircraft. It is fun and full of life, tripping along easily and smoothly from one delightful absurdity to another. The English have made this movie, and while they have considerable fun at the expense of the Frenchman and the German, they cannot resist poking the bulk of the fun at themselves. They do so by augmenting the cast with the shifty Englishman (Terry-Thomas), the confidence man (Tony Hancock), and the foreigner-distrusting representative of the upper crust (Robert Morley).

This movie is a must see for anyone with any pretense to a sense of humour!


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