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Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (original title)
In Victorian England, an American showman uses a wealthy Frenchman's finances to build a German explosives expert's giant cannon designed to fire a people-filled projectile to the Moon but spies and saboteurs endanger the project.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (original story) (as Peter Welbeck), Jules Verne (inspired by the writings of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burl Ives ... Phineas T. Barnum
Jimmy Clitheroe Jimmy Clitheroe ... General Tom Thumb
Terry-Thomas ... Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Graham Stark ... Grundle
Gert Fröbe ... Professor von Bulow (as Gert Frobe)
Lionel Jeffries ... Sir Charles Dillworthy
Dennis Price ... The Duke of Barset
Troy Donahue ... Gaylord
Daliah Lavi ... Madelaine
Edward de Souza ... Henri (as Edward De Souza)
Hermione Gingold ... Angelica
Judy Cornwell ... Electra
Renate von Holt ... Anna (as Renata Holt)
Joachim Teege Joachim Teege ... Bulgeroff
Stratford Johns ... Warrant Officer
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Storyline

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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The most fabulous entertainment event of the year!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Fantastic Flying Fools See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jules Verne Films Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Burl Ives replaced Bing Crosby. See more »

Quotes

The Duke of Barset: 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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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Performed by Vernon Hayden, Tom Irwin, Ronnie Walsh and Terry-Thomas (uncredited)
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Underrated and Good Fun
17 August 2013 | by alanrhobsonSee all my reviews

This is a very underrated film. In Halliwell's Film Guide it gets no stars at all, and when it was shown recently on TV, the reviewer in the listings magazine I buy each week made no secret of how little he liked it.

However, this 'comedy fantasy' has a huge amount going for it. Although it is rarely hilarious, it is often funny and it is usually fun. The cast is terrific. The costumes and cinematography are also excellent, and the period feel is surprisingly good: we really feel that we are in the late 19th century. This is impressive given that many films with bigger budgets than this are not as successful in recreating a period atmosphere.

Maybe the title misled people into thinking that it was going to be an exciting science-fiction adventure, and so their expectations were raised too high. However, with slightly lower expectations, it can be enjoyed rather a lot.


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