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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)




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Ken Annakin's large-canvas comedy Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines is set in 1910. In order to boost circulation of his newspaper, Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) offers 10,000 pounds to the first person who can fly across the English Channel. A huge number of hopefuls enter the contest, including the scheming Sir Percy Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas), who, with the help of his henchman Courtney (Eric Sykes), attempts to sabotage the other entries. There is also a love triangle featuring Orvil Newton (Stuart Whitman) and Richard Mays (James Fox) competing for the heart of Patricia Rawnsley (Sarah Miles). ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Davies, Ken Annakin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2004
20th Century Fox


James Fox
as Richard Mays
Sarah Miles
as Patricia Rawnsley
Stuart Whitman
as Orvil Newton
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Pierre Dubois
Alberto Sordi
as Count Emilio Pontice...
Robert Morley
as Lord Rawnsley
Gert Fröbe
as Col. Manfred von Hol...
Eric Sykes
as Courtney
as Sir Percival Ware-Ar...
Irina Demick
as Brigitte/Ingrid/Marl...
Benny Hill
as Fire Chief Perkins
Tony Hancock
as Harry Popperwell
Flora Robson
as Mother Superior
Karl Michael Vogler
as Capt. Rupelstrasse
Sam Wanamaker
as George Gruber
Eric Barker
as French Postman
Fred Emney
as Elderly Col. Willie
John Le Mesurier
as French Painter
Jeremy Lloyd
as Lt. Parsons
Zena Marshall
as Sophia Ponticelli
Millicent Martin
as Airline Hostess
Eric Pohlmann
as Italian Mayor
Marjorie Rhodes
as Waitress in the Old ...
Norman Rossington
as Assistant Fire Chief
William Rushton
as Tremayne Gascoyne
Graham Stark
as Fireman
Jimmy Thompson
as Photographer in the ...
Red Skelton
as Neanderthal Man
Maurice Denham
as Trawler Skipper
Ronnie Stevens
as R.A.C. Officer
Steve Plytas
as Continental Journali...
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Ma...
as French Official
Bill Nagy
as American Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Top gun of slapstick early-aviation comedies.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Funny, zany and full of magnificent vintage airplanes; Red Skelton open and close is great.

May 31, 2005

Goofy "great race" fun.

April 3, 2005

...part slapstick, part spectacle, and part adventure, but most of all it's sweet, lighthearted fun.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
Movie Metropolis

July 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

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?

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Terry-Thomas' so hilarious in this extraordinary comic version of the historic 1910 London to Paris air race.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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