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Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)

Monte Carlo or Bust! (original title)
An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.

Writers:

Jack Davies (original story and screenplay), Ken Annakin (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ... Monsieur Dupont
Lando Buzzanca ... Marcello
Walter Chiari ... Angelo
Peter Cook ... Maj. Dawlish
Tony Curtis ... Chester Schofield
Mireille Darc ... Marie-Claude
Marie Dubois ... Pascale
Gert Fröbe ... Willi Schickel / Horst Müller (as Gert Frobe)
Susan Hampshire ... Betty
Jack Hawkins ... Count Levinovitch
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Dominique
Dudley Moore ... Lt. Barrington
Peer Schmidt ... Otto
Eric Sykes ... Perkins
Terry-Thomas ... Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage
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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 Anonymous

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Only received its first DVD release in 2008. See more »

Goofs

When the two cars disrupt the hockey match on the frozen Swedish lake, Barrington is hit by a snowball hurled through the passenger window. Yet immediately beforehand, Barrington's window is wound up (Dawlish leans across and taps on it), and immediately afterward the window is still closed (the car ploughs through a snow bank, and we see blobs of snow stuck to the window). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Barrington: I think we hit one of their chaps, sir.
Maj. Dawlish: On the contrary, he hit us.
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Crazy Credits

Closing sequence: Revolving Automobile Tire segues into the Paramount Logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Roses of Picardy
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Music by Haydn Wood
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European co-production with all-star-cast , funny sequences , spectacular races and amusement
26 April 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

As the US title would indicate this is a sort of following to ¨Those magnificent men in their flying machines¨ (1965) . In an international car rally , competitors must travel from various points in Europe to Monte Carlo, then race their cars . As daring young men in noise slow cars trek 1500 miles across nation in the 1920s race . Contestants come from all over the world from Norway , Italy , America and other countries . Things are complicated by shenanigans , hijinks , double-crosses , honor , medicine , and love at first sight ; all of them are founded along the route . A dastardly villain (Terry Thomas) and his steward , an escaped inmate (Gert Frobe), an American hero (Tony Curtis) , a downtrodden manservant (Eric Sykes) , two military gentlemen (Dudley Moore , Peter Cook) are the competitors , among others . Meanwhile , a nobleman named Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas) has sabotaged cars that start coming apart here , there and everywhere .

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¨.


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Language:

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Release Date:

June 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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