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Party Guest uncredited Sidonie Bond Harry's girlfriend uncredited Gerald Campion Fireman uncredited Alf Casha Dignitary uncredited Pauline Challoner Ponticelli's Daughter uncredited Pauline Chamberlain Woman in Dover uncredited Robin Chapman Postman uncredited Arthur Collins Spectator uncredited Cicely Courtneidge Muriel - Colonel's Wife uncredited Billy Dean German Mechanic uncredited Vernon Dobtcheff Member of French Team uncredited Maurice Dunster French Policeman uncredited Norma Foster Minor Role uncredited Chick Fowles Reporter uncredited Arthur Goodman Party Guest uncredited Gary Graham Child at Air Show uncredited Victor Harrington Journalist uncredited Max Howard Boy in Crowd uncredited Judy Huxtable Girl at Dover Beach uncredited Juba Kennerley The beginning and ending sequences marked the final feature film appearences for Red Skelton.
Stuart Whitman 's character Orvil Newton is probably named after inventor Orville Wright , who helped build the first airplane, and scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who made discoveries regarding gravity. Fred Emney and Cicely Courtneidge share equal screen time; however, he gets a screen credit, while she does not. Director and co-writer Ken Annakin had been working on an adventure film about transatlantic flight when the producer's bankruptcy aborted the production.
He then made this film. First full-length feature film of Vernon Dobtcheff. The cadence which Colonel von Holstein is counting, before Rumpelstrosse loses control of his plane on the ground, is "Links! From onwards, 4 years after this film was released, the march was used as the theme for the cult BBC TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus", thus giving ths movie an unintentional extra layer of comedy reference, as the race really is a "Flying Circus".
In keeping with the movie's international appeal, the producers announced Fernandel for a role, but the deal was never finalised. Number 1: Richard Mays. Aircraft number 12 Number 3: Orvil Newton. Aircraft number 7 Number 4: Lieutnant Parsons. Aircraft number 4 Number 5: Harry Popperwell.
Flying his Cathedral biplane he flew through fog, bitter cold and a blustery wind to cover miles, in 4 hr. Cody was kept up to date with Tom Sopwith 's simultaneous attack on the Cup at Brooklands aerodrome by large blackboards set up on the ground. Towards the end of the attempt both Cody's Green engine and the pilot's extravagant moustache were starting to suffer from icing. Additional Pages. A timeline of significant aeronautical events in Europe from the death of Otto Lilienthal in to the outbreak of war in via the first man-carrying helicopter and more has now been added.
After being put to music by Ron Goodwin , the "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" song was released as a single in on the Stateside label SS , together with an accompanying soundtrack album SL An international cast plays the array of contestants with the film opening with a brief, comic prologue on the history of flight, narrated by James Robertson Justice and featuring American comedian Red Skelton.
The early aviation history sequence that begins the film is followed by a whimsical animated opening credit sequence drawn by caricaturist Ronald Searle , accompanied by the title song. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines The narrator remarks that today a jet makes the trip in seven minutes, but "it can take longer". One frustrated passenger Skelton, again starts wing-flapping motions with his arms, and the scene morphs into the animation from the title sequence for the closing credits.
This was Skelton's final feature film appearance; he was in Europe filming the —65 season of his television series, The Red Skelton Show. One of the features of the film was British and international character actors who enlivened the foibles of each contestant's nationality.
The entertainment comes from the dialogue and characterisations and the aerial stunts, with heroism and gentlemanly conduct. In a recurring gag suggested by Zanuck, Irina Demick plays a series of flirts who are all pursued by the French pilot. Another aspect was the fluid writing and directing with Annakin and Davies feeding off each other. Annakin and Davies continued to develop the script with zany interpretations. Annakin and Davies devised a quip on the spot, having him read out: "No.
Sit down. More than 2, extras out in authentic costumes were in the climactic race launch which was combined with entrants in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run being invited on set as part of their annual run, an unexpected coup in gaining numerous period vehicles to dress the set. A troublesome on-set distraction occurred when the two lead actors, Stuart Whitman and Sarah Miles, fell out early in the production.
Whitman was married at the time, although he would divorce in Miles "hated his guts" and rarely deigned to speak to him afterward unless the interaction was required by the script. The stars made peace with each other after on-set filming concluded; their interactions were civil during final re-takes of scenes and voice-overs. The film played in cinemas as the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union hit a new gear. For its first audiences the film's depiction of an international flight competition taking place in an earlier, lower-tech era offered a fun-house mirror reflection of contemporary adventures by Space Age pioneers.
The film used period accurate, life-size working aeroplane models and replicas to create an early 20th century airfield, the 'Brookley Motor Racing Track' fashioned after Brooklands where early automotive racing and aviators shared the facilities for testing. The completed set featured a windmill as a lookout tower as well as serving as a restaurant the "Old Mill Cafe".
A circular, banked track was also built and featured in a runaway motorcycle sequence in the film. In addition, the field adjacent to the windmill was used as the location for a number of aerial close-up shots of the pilots. Hangars were constructed in rows, bearing the names of real and fictional manufacturers: A. A grandstand was added for spectators. When the production was unable to obtain rights to film main sequences over Paris, models of the aircraft and a miniature Parisian set played a prominent role in sequences depicting Paris.
A mock-up of Calais was also constructed. The location where Sir Percy's aircraft lands on a train is the now closed line from Bedford to Hitchin. The tunnel into which they fly is the Old Warden Tunnel near the village of the same name in Bedfordshire ; the tunnel had only recently been closed, and in the panning shot through the railway cutting, the cooling towers of the now demolished Bedford power station can be seen.
Wheeler was head technical consultant during planning. Parker had built it for model sequences in Strategic Air Command A further hydraulic platform did away with matte shots of aircraft in flight.
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The cat wears glasses, and when someone takes them off, she can colour people, according to their nature and mood. The grown-ups of A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends. After being shipwrecked, a man finds himself on an island inhabited by tiny people, who soon make plans for him. An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.
In the infancy of aviation in , a British newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross-channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many subplots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women.
One of the numerous comedy epics of the s It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Monte Carlo or Bust being others , this movie is very funny and memorably so. The tale of several flyers from different nationalities British, America, French, Italian, German, etc. Irina Demick in multiple roles , and Sarah Miles play what love interest the film has. Highly recommended if you fancy a laugh.
And a fantastic and memorable theme song as well. Sign In.Jun 16, · By today's standards, "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes" is a slow (sometimes sluggish) comedy of the "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" school of thought that bigger is funnier (it generally isn't).7/10(K).