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In 1910, newspaper mogul Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) decides to offer a large cash sum to the first pilot to successfully fly over the English Channel. Aviation experts from near and far enter the race, including the underhanded Sir Percy Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas), wild American flyer Orvil Newton (Stuart Whitman) and British ace Richard Mays (James Fox). Orvil and Richard come out as the front-runners, but both men are distracted by Rawnsley's lovely daughter, Patricia (Sarah Miles).

Cast & Crew

Stuart Whitman
Orvil Newton
Sarah Miles
Patricia Rawnsley
James Fox
Richard Mays
Alberto Sordi
Count Emilio Ponticelli
Robert Morley
Lord Rawnsley
Gert Fröbe
Colonel Manfred von Holstein
Terry-Thomas
Sir Percy Ware-Armitage
Tony Hancock
Harry Popperwell
Benny Hill
Fire Chief Perkins
Flora Robson
Mother Superior
Sam Wanamaker
George Gruber
John Le Mesurier
French Painter
Jeremy Lloyd
Lieutenant Parsons
Zena Marshall
Countess Sophia Ponticelli
Millicent Martin
Airline Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

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  • Jan 25, 2021
    A light comedy mixing a nostalgic look at what is considered to be turn-of-the-century simplicity ~ with barely a haphazard nod to the beginnings of flight ~ and some good-natured ribbing over stereotypical nationalistic perceptions. Not offensive for silly.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2009
    I say, that was a damn fine film, what.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2007
    I cant rave about this enough...What a wonderful film. I loved the era and could watch this now.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2007
    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.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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