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

1965

Adventure / Comedy / Family

185
IMDb Rating 7 10 6,931

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Gert Fröbe as First Policeman - Munich
James Fox as Self
Robert Morley as Sir Francis Ravenscourt
Terry-Thomas as Charles Boughtflower
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23.976 fps
138 min
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138 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10 / 10

"Up, Down, Flying Around, Looping The Loop And Defying The Ground"

I'm one of the biggest fans of old newsreels and I don't think there are too many of us who haven't seen some of that ancient footage with all those odd contraptions showing man's attempt to fly in the early 20th century. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone got the bright idea to do a comedy from those attempts. Some of them weren't all that funny, people did in fact get killed, a lot of them in trying to master the air. But by 1910 there were all kinds of airplanes and even some early helicopters and a lot are shown in Those Magnificent Men. The plot centers about an international race from London to Paris sponsored by one of the English press lords played in true John Bull style by Robert Morley. He's got a spirited suffragette daughter in Sarah Miles and a most proper member of the King's Coldstream Guards in James Fox courting her. But along comes another flier, an American cowboy, Stuart Whitman who becomes Fox's air and romantic rival. But the film's got more than that. It's got Italian hopeful Alberto Sordi who can impregnate his wife with a dirty look. It's got Frenchman Jean Pierre-Cassel who keeps running into Irina Demick every place he goes. It's even got another English contestant in Terry-Thomas who's busy trying to sabotage everyone else. However my favorite is the German entry, Gert Frobe. Poor Frobe has to pinch hit for the original German flier who partied too hardy. But as he tries to prove as long as you follow the instruction book, the German Army can accomplish anything. Seeing him try to fly his airplane while reading the instruction book is my favorite memory of Those Magnificent Men. That and that incredibly catchy title song. I defy anyone to watch this film and not come away humming that tune for weeks. It will embed itself in your subconscious forever. Those Magnificent Men is good entertainment and a gentle tribute to those early air pioneers.

Reviewed by tord-1 7 / 10 / 10

Slapstick on an airy level

Few films there are ineed that I would be willing to pay a lot to have on DVD, but this certainly is! In my book it rates with Tati's best, and he's tops! The idea of making a film about aircraft was not new, I guess, but to do it such manner is still unique! Who would make a film about an air-race between London and Paris, and do it as a comedy, with almost perfect dialogue, details and acting, but the British? A number of vintage aircraft (circa 1909) were repaired/constructed and flown for the flight sequencies, from the minuscle Demoiselle (the replica too small to have a male pilot!) via big, boxkite-like Cody's, inspired by Farmans to the Antoinette, which was 100% original! As in any slapstick film there are villains (Terry Thomas, and Eric Sykes), pompous Germans, elegant Italians, flirting Frenchmen and the honest guy, of course! Liking both British humour and aircraft, plus the good acting, the clever and exciting cinematography, and the excellent directing from Mr Annikin I can't but smile! 9/10, easily!

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 7 / 10 / 10

It Was The Machines That Were Magnificent

This was a fairly long but interesting story of an early 20th century airplane race taking place between London and Paris. The actual race only takes place for the last 45 minutes, and that's fun to watch. The terrain also is nice to view. Before that, you get profiles of the competitors of the race. You really get the typical stereotypes of movies: the French men woo all the women; the Germans are make to look too militaristic and stupid; the English are portrayed as very stiff upper-lipped and the Italians are all too emotional, etc. Stuart Whitman and James Fox both battle for Sarah Miles' affections and Terry Thomas has some funny lines as a villain. I loved the airplanes in this film - really cool "flying machines," as they are labeled here. They came in all sizes and shapes. In the very beginning of the movie, they show actual footage of early flight failures and they are familiar but still fascinating. Interspiced in the actual footage are closeups of Red Skelton playing the part of some of those unsuccessful fliers. Since he had no lines, Skelton reminded me of some of the great silent film comedians.

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