Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines1965
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)
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as Richard Mays
as Patricia Rawnsley
as Orvil Newton
as Pierre Dubois
as Count Emilio Ponticelli
as Lord Rawnsley
as Col. Manfred von Holstein
as Sir Percival Ware-Armitage
as Fire Chief Perkins
as Harry Popperwell
as Mother Superior
as Capt. Rupelstrasse
as George Gruber
as French Postman
as Elderly Col. Willie
as French Painter
as Lt. Parsons
as Sophia Ponticelli
as Airline Hostess
as Italian Mayor
as Waitress in the Old Mill Cafe
as Assistant Fire Chief
as Tremayne Gascoyne
as Photographer in the Old Mill Cafe
as Neanderthal Man
as Trawler Skipper
as R.A.C. Officer
as Continental Journalist
as French Official
as American Journalist
Critic Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Good-natured and routinely humorous, though noticeably overlong (complete with intermission).
While this sounds trying, it is not, so light and pretty and stylish is the picture, everything swimming in the green grass of England and the sweet lambent air of a 1910 that never was.
Funny, zany and full of magnificent vintage airplanes; Red Skelton open and close is great.
Audience Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Another 60's comedy that I had seen years ago and re-watched (on tv) recently. I'm not sure if anyone on the production of this movie worked for Disney's live action division or if it is the general popularity of these big comedies during this decade, but this reminds me of numerous wholesome family comedy adventures. This movie is slightly more subversive though. There is a huge cast with many recognizable faces and several soon to be famous names. The credits are done with that kooky 60's animation. The bookmarks of the picture with Red Skelton, archival footage of attempted flights, and recreated clips of attempted flights are silly, but also curiously of historical value. Once we get into the central adventure of the air race I couldn't help but chuckle at the mostly slapstick misadventure. Sarah Miles as the feisty young English woman challenging a woman's role in mechanics and flight was impressive. The movie keeps track of such a large cast of international characters and yet moves along at a brisk pace. It is corny how the American and British are the ultimately winners. They fight over the girl besides, as expected. The American flyer Orvil (Whitman), who is of course portrayed as a cowboy, is a risk taking hero, but doesn't seem to be a real person. The last standing British flyer Richard (Fox) is a snobbish chauvinist. In short the comedy is full of stereotypes, but it is mostly good fun.
One of those childhood classics they always showed on holidays to watch over and over again. Sure, it doesn't work quite as well anymore as it used to, with me growing up and expectations of movies changing so much. But the mere nostalgia was already worth the re-watch. A 1910 flying competition between pilots from several nations causing plenty of plane action and slapstick chases, making fun of pretty much all nations involved: the British snob, the German military man, the French womanizer, the Italian family man and the American hero, all are equally silly and still pretty likable, just like the movie itself. Unforgettable: Gert Fröbe doing his one man marching band sounds. When do we see a revival of these over the top adventure movies?
This live action version of an airborne wacky races is predictable slapstick but moustache twirling Terry Thomas is always worth watching as the original Dick Dastardly.
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