Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.
Auto race in an uproarious European tour ,circa 1920 ,completed with crashes , cheating , snow-chases , smuggling , inventions , bounds and leaps . These spectacular old cars provide the most side-splitting moments in a picture whose greatest assets are the animated Ronald Searle cartoons and the beginning , middle and final . Dudley Moore and and Peter Cook have various fun moments , while Gert Frobe is great as an astute villain . There's rather too much romance between Tony Curtis-Susan Hampshire and Lando Buzzanca-Mireille Darc . Special mention to Terry Thomas again in dastardly form as a British nasty who plans to sabotage all his rivals in the Monte Carlo rally . This followup to ¨Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes¨ had the same director (Ken Annakin), writers (Jack Davies and Annakin), composer (Ron Goodwin), and five actors . Terry-Thomas played the son of his character in the earlier movie, and Eric Sykes' character was again an employee of Terry-Thomas'. Gert Fröbe, William Rushton, and Michael Trubshawe played unrelated roles. Lively and jolly musical score by Ron Goodwin and theme song was sung by Jimmy Durante , including a piece of music entitled "The Schickel Shamble" which accompanies many of Gert Fröbe's scenes . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Gabor Pogany .
¨Montecarlo or Bust¨ belongs to a trilogy in which old machines such as cars and planes participate into spectacular races across Europe : the first was ¨The great race¨ by Blake Edwards with Tony Curtis , Natalie Wood , Ross Martin , Arthur O'Connell ; the second was ¨Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes¨ (1965) in which a wealthy newspaper publisher is persuaded to sponsor an air race from London a Paris , being directed by Ken Annakin with Stuart Withman , Sarah Miles , Get Frobe , Terry Thomas , Red Skelton ,Irene Demick and the third this ¨Montecarlo or bust¨.
This inferior sequel was professionally directed by Ken Annakin , though being sporadically funny and overly long : Ken was an expert on Adventure genre as ¨The new adventures of Pippi Longstockings¨, ¨Pirate movie¨ , ¨Paper tiger¨, ¨The fifth Musketeer¨ , ¨Call of wild¨, ¨The Swiss family Robinson¨, ¨Land of fury¨, ¨The Sword and the Rose¨, ¨The story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men¨, ¨Third man on the mountain¨ and Wartime genre as ¨Battle of the Bulge¨, and ¨The Longest day¨.
- Apr 26, 2013