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September 20, 2018
A quaint comedy classic.

Take a quick ride across Europe with Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969). A humorous farce of a comedy. The slap stick is funny and the writing is stereotypical of European people, but it is all in good fun. The stuffy, pompous British are represented, the sleazy, cheating English, the romancing Italians, the sweet French, the goofy Americans, and the stern Germans are all here and accounted for in the movie. These cliche types do not give you anything new, but the humor is centered around these exaggerated caricatures. I think any audience will enjoy the visual jokes and clever writing.

The direction from Ken Annakin and Sam Itzkovitch is pretty excellent. Their use of wide shots show stunning European countrysides as well as giving the viewer a better understanding of the lush setting. Their utilization of mini models allows for some hilarious bits involving toy cars and mass quantities of snow. Overall, the editing is very silly in the style of the late 1960's cinema with the retro mod style, but the turn of the century look of everything is quite charming.

This brings me to the highlight of Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies: the acting. This film has a massive cast of fun characters portrayed by excellent actors all around. Tony Curtis takes an unusual turn from his more serious dramatic roles as a goofy near blind American that loves joy. He is particularly funny whenever he is on screen. I wish he was present even more actually. Susan Hampshire is adorable with her sleek appearance and squeaky voice. She plays the charming British lady Betty that accompanies Curtis' chummy character Chester.

Furthermore, the supporting cast equally will delight you with their off the wall comedy chops. Terry Thomas, Eric Sykes, Peter Cook, and. Dudley Moore are hilarious as the most stuffy upper class caricatures of the British aristocracy and military men. Meanwhile, Gert Fröbe kills it as the rage filled German driver with slapstick aplenty.

Overall, this is not a ground breaking comedy. But it's epic scope, quick pace, endless jokes, and solid cast will certainly give you a chuckle.
½ November 17, 2013
good comedy escapism
November 11, 2012
A childhood fave. Sequel to Those Manificent Men in their Flying Machines, with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Terry-Thomas & Tony Curtis.
½ October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

(1969) Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies

European rally racing across somewhere in Europe involving possibly one team from each country but are really several silly characters including Tony Curtis as Chestor who has to settle a bet with a self absorbed scrupolous Count who just inherited half a fortune from a close releative who he doesn't care about, and Dudley Moore also stars as the inventor. I liked the ending but as a comedy it wasn't all that funny.

2 out of 4
Super Reviewer
January 16, 2011
Huge motor race film with an equally huge cast of international stars. Humour can be patchy but highlights are the ever caddish Terry Thomas with his reluctant henchman Eric Sykes and the hilarious performance of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
½ December 23, 2010
Pete, Dud, Goldfinger, The Great Leslie, Terry Thomas, Eric Sykes and Susan Hampshire enter the Monte Carlo rally, in a sort of remake of a Blake Edwards' "The Great Race" crossed with Monte Carlo Director Ken Annakin's earlier masterpiece, "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines". Much entertaining skulduggery in the snow ensues.
October 25, 2010
absolute classic!! this is one of my all time favourite films.Tony Curtis, Terry Thomas,Eric Sykes, Dudley cant get a better cast!! Would reccommend to everyone young and old!!
½ October 20, 2010
I watched 15 minutes of this but could watch no more. What I saw was not funny. It was extremely painful to watch.
January 7, 2010
Surely a fore-runner or inspiration for the 'Wacky Races' cartoon series i loved as a child. It has the dastardly Terry-Thomas, the inventive Peter Cook and the dashing Tony Curtis among the many drivers hoping to win the famous rally to comic effect. Though never laugh-out loud funny - it's one of those films you look always end up watching in the holiday season.
December 21, 2009
so much better for me than "those magnificent men" great. humor based on stereotypes works brilliantly, love terry Thomas as well as pete & dud, and the german guy, genius! wish they would release it on DVD!
September 7, 2009
Boring, repeative, too long of scenes, cheap effects. Watch The Great Race instead.
July 31, 2009
After the success of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), director Ken Annakin decided to do a sort-off sequel, this time doing it around a car race. He assembled an all star cast, as he'd done before, and had it on just as epic a scope. It's fun while it lasts, and it's probabily one of the last of these all star comedies before they went out of fashion. Set during an international car rally in Europe, where the contestants start from various points, (John O'Groats, Sweden, Portugal, Sicily and Athens), it's an ensemble piece which follows the different kinds of drivers that take part. From posh rotter Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas) and Percy Perkins (Eric Sykes), the co-driver he's blackmailing. American mechanic Chester Schofield (Tony Curtis) and the posh girl Betty (Susan Hampshire). There's also military inventors Major Digby Dawlish (Peter Cook) and Lt. Kit Barrington (Dudley Moore) racing through Sweden and Denmark against jewel smuggler Willi Schickel (Gert Fröbe). It's a live action very of the Wacky Races essentially, but it's good silly family fun, the kind of film they just don't make anymore. It's well made, (although there is alot of rear-projection), and the romantic subplot is half-baked. But, it holds hope. It was released in America under the title of Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
July 28, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that tony curtis, terry thomas, susan hampshire, peter cook, peer schmidt, nicoletta machiavelli, dudley moore, eric sykes, lando buzzanca play good roles/parts thorughout this movie....i think that the director of this romance/comedy movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its an entertaining movie 2 watch its a madcap comedy movie n its enjoyable 2 watch
July 4, 2009
This is my all time favorites
½ June 22, 2009
Very funny movie. The only problem is, is that it's really all over the place. The constant moving back and forth between characters can be confusing. Nonetheless, it's still very good. Pete and Dud had the neatest car...
½ December 2, 2008
A typical example of a series of similar silly films of the time (Those Magnificent Men..., The Great Race) that lacked great humour but are still interesting relics of filmmaking.
½ July 22, 2008
This film is just as hilarious as it was when I 1st saw it (when I was about 8). All the cast & brlliant with their on-point witty lines & slapstick
mentality. The real jewels in the crown tho hav 2b Peter Cooke & Dudley Moore, along with Susan Hampshire & Tony Curtis. Considering its running time its moves faster than the casts' automobiles (which means we're in luck!) Its gr8 for all the family & hasn't dated at all. It truly is all on its own.
July 20, 2008
This is really funny
½ March 20, 2008
This is so stereotypical is it absolutely hilarious- stupid frenchmen, women-obsessed Italians, stiff-upper-lip-army-officer Brits, dastardly & conieving Germans.
Plus the pranks and tricks like swapping shoes around, or putting on a policemans hat so the law will let you stright past- it's all very ridiculous really but funny nevertheless.
March 16, 2008
An absolute classic, used to watch it all the time when I was younger
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