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


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Hoping to push Britain to the forefront of aviation, a London publisher organizes an international air race across the English Channel, but must contend with two entrants vying for his... See more »

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Orvil Newton
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Patricia Rawnsley
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Richard Mays
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Count Emilio Ponticelli
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Lord Rawnsley
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Count Manfred Von Holstein (as Gert Frobe)
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Pierre Dubois
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Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty
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Courtney
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The Neanderthal Man / Ancient Greek Flyer / Medieval Flyer / Winged Bicycle Rider / Winged Car Rider / Jet Pack Tester / Ornithopter Pilot / Passenger in Airport
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Sir Percy Ware-Armitage
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Fire Chief Perkins
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Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
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Mother Superior
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Captain Rumpelstrosse
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George Gruber
Eric Barker ...
French Postman
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Trawler Skipper
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Colonel on Road
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MacDougal
Davy Kaye ...
Jean Pascal
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French Painter
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Lieutenant Parsons
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Countess Sofia Ponticelli
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Airline Hostess
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Italian Mayor (as Eric Pohlman)
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Waitress
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Assistant Fire Chief
William Rushton ...
Tremayne Gascoyne
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Fireman
Jimmy Thompson ...
Photographer
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Niven
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Harry Popperwell
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Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ...
Journalist (uncredited)
Baxter Annakin ...
Nelson - Parsons' Dog (uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Gerald Campion ...
Fireman (uncredited)
Pauline Challoner ...
Ponticelli's Daughter (uncredited)
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Woman in Dover (uncredited)
Robin Chapman ...
Postman (uncredited)
Arthur Collins ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Muriel - Colonel's Wife (uncredited)
Billy Dean ...
German Mechanic (uncredited)
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Member of French Team (uncredited)
Maurice Dunster ...
French Policeman (uncredited)
Norma Foster ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Chick Fowles ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Goodman ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Gary Graham ...
Child at Air Show (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)
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Boy in Crowd (uncredited)
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Girl at Dover Beach (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)
Eric Kent ...
German Team (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ...
Youngest Child of Ponticelli (uncredited)
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French Official (uncredited)
Addo Miles ...
Patricia's Dog (uncredited)
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American Journalist (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ...
Continental Journalist (uncredited)
Charles Price ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Edith Raye ...
Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Mike Read ...
Stuntman (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
Paddy Smith ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske ...
Nun (uncredited)
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Yamamoto (uncredited) (voice)
Pearl Walters ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Philip Yardley ...
Philippe (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Annakin

Written by

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Jack Davies ... (written by) &
Ken Annakin ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ken Annakin ... producer
Jack Davies ... associate producer
Stan Margulies ... producer

Music by

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Ron Goodwin

Cinematography by

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Christopher Challis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates
Gordon Stone

Casting By

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Stuart Lyons

Production Design by

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Thomas N. Morahan ... (as Tom Morahan)

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Osbert Lancaster ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Biddy Chrystal ... hairdresser
Stuart Freeborn ... makeup artist
W.T. Partleton ... makeup artist (as William Partleton)
Barbara Ritchie ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Colin M. Brewer ... unit manager (as Colin Brewer)
Patrick Clayton ... unit manager (as Pat Clayton)
Denis Holt ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Clive Reed ... assistant director
Don Sharp ... second unit director
Jake Wright ... second unit assistant director

Art Department

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Jim Morahan ... associate art director
Arthur Taksen ... set dresser
John Bodimeade ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jonathan Bates ... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound (as Gordon McCallum)
John W. Mitchell ... sound
Graham V. Hartstone ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Otto Snel ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Richard Parker ... special effects
Ron Ballanger ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Ron Ballinger ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris ... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather ... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King ... special effects (uncredited)
Nick Middleton ... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward ... special effects (uncredited)

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Roy Field ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gillian Aldam ... stunt player (uncredited)
Douglas Bianchi ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ken Buckle ... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Joan Hughes ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Derek Piggott ... stunt pilot: Stuart Whitman (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid ... stunt player (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk ... stunt driver (uncredited)
John Sullivan ... stunts (uncredited)
David Watson ... stunt pilot: Karl-Michael Vogler (uncredited)
Allen Wheeler ... stunt pilot (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Skeets Kelly ... second unit cameraman
Dudley Lovell ... camera operator
Harry Black ... electrical supervisor (uncredited)
Mike Fox ... focus puller: aerial unit (uncredited)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Jerry Sandler ... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Ralph Ayres ... animator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dinah Greet ... associate costume designer

Music Department

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Ron Goodwin ... conductor
Brian Couzens ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Joy Mercer ... continuity
Ronald Searle ... title designer
Allen Wheeler ... technical adviser (as Air Commodore Allen H. Wheeler)
Douglas Bianchi ... airplane designer (uncredited)
Lorraine Fennell ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
David Michael Kay ... aviation services (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In the infancy of aviation in 1910, 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 subplots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by John Vogel

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Also Known As
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (Canada, English title)
  • Ces merveilleux fous volants dans leurs drôles de machines (France)
  • Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Kisten (Germany)
  • Aquellos chalados en sus locos cacharros (Spain)
  • Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Kisten oder: Wie ich in 25 Stunden und 11 Minuten von London nach Paris flog (West Germany)
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  • 138 min
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Budget $5,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The French entry in the race, flown by the character Pierre Dubois, is a replica of the "Demoiselle", designed by the Brazilian expatriate Alberto Santos Dumont, who had been believed by the French to be the first to fly a powered aircraft, until Wilbur Wright & Orville Wright's demonstrations in 1908. The replica builders were faithful in constructing the Demoiselle, but no one could get it to leave the ground until it was discovered that Dumont had been a very small man who weighed only 85 pounds. A female pilot Joan Hughes was hired. She successfully flew the plane throughout the filming. See more »
Goofs At several points in Sir Percy's train scene, you can see post-1924 cooling towers in the background. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Conversations with Ken Annakin (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines See more »
Crazy Credits Closing credits: Those Magnificent Men - and Women - were ... See more »
Quotes Count Manfred Von Holstein: [reading from flight instruction manual] Number one: Sit down.
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