Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965)

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138 min.
Plot  Prologue

A brief narration outlines man's first attempts to fly since the Stone Age inspired by a bird's flight, seen with footage from the silent film era, and man being represented by a "test pilot" (Red Skelton) encountering periodic misfortune in his attempts.


In 1910, just seven years after the first heavier-than-air flight, aircraft are fragile and unreliable contraptions, piloted by "intrepid birdmen".

Pompous British newspaper magnate Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) forbids his would-be aviatrix daughter, ardent suffragette Patricia (Sarah Miles), to fly. Aviator Richard Mays (James Fox), a young army officer and (at least in his own eyes) Patricia's fiancé, conceives the idea of an air race from London to Paris to advance the cause of British aviation (and his career). With Patricia's support, he persuades Lord Rawnsley to sponsor the race as a publicity stunt for his newspaper. Rawnsley, who takes full credit for the idea,...



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
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Pierre Dubois
Irina Demick
Red Skelton
Neanderthal Man
Sir Percy Ware
Eric Sykes
Benny Hill
Fire Chief Perkins
Yujiro Ishihara
Karl Michael Vogler
Captain Rumpelstoss
Sam Wanamaker
George Gruber
Maurice Denham
Trawler Skipper
Gordon Jackson
John Le Mesurier
French Painter
Eric Pohlmann
Italian Mayor
Norman Rossington
Assistant Fire Chief
Graham Stark
Ferdy Mayne
French Official
Vernon Dobtcheff
French Team Member


All Titles

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
English New Title
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes
English Original Title

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