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Those Fantastic Flying Fools
     

Those Fantastic Flying Fools

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Director: Don Sharp, Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Gert Fröbe

Cast: Don Sharp, Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Gert Fröbe

 
Produced in the wake of the all-star "comedy spectacular" Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Fantastic Flying Fools (originally titled Blast-Off, and also released as Those Fantastic Flying Fools) is based very loosely on a Jules Verne novel. A 19th century British newspaper offers a prize to the first scientist who is able to

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Produced in the wake of the all-star "comedy spectacular" Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Fantastic Flying Fools (originally titled Blast-Off, and also released as Those Fantastic Flying Fools) is based very loosely on a Jules Verne novel. A 19th century British newspaper offers a prize to the first scientist who is able to construct and launch a rocket to the moon. Contestants from all over the world compete for the prize, including Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines cast members Terry-Thomas and Gert Frobe. Much of the slapstick is tiresome and derivative, but there is one cute closing gag involving villains Terry-Thomas and Lionel Jeffries and a Siberian chain gang. There's precious little of the spirit of Jules Verne in Fantastic Flying Fools, save for the woodcut illustrations which decorate the opening credits.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Those Fantastic Flying Fools is drawn from a Jules Verne story, it is very, very freely drawn, and as the title indicates, it really belongs in that bizarre 1960's subgenre that might be called "would-be wacky period comedies dealing with means of transportation" -- The Great Race, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, etc. If one accepts it as belonging to the latter category rather than to the Verne category, Fools is moderately entertaining; if one considers it as a Verne adaptation, it's nothing short of ghastly. In either case, it features a rather disjointed screenplay that is nowhere near as amusing as it wants to be, but that does provide some decent laughs along the way: the opening sequence in particular is quite funny and raises one's hopes (soon dashed) that the entire picture will play so well. Don Sharp's direction is scattershot and doesn't hold the picture together, but he does manage a few clever moments and one gets the impression that he had a fondness for this little film. The cast includes such genre stalwarts as Terry-Thomas, Gert Frobe and Lionel Jeffries, as well as a nice turn by Burl Ives as a P.T. Barnum that is far more likeable than the real article. Troy Donahue is seriously dull, but there are nice turns from Hermione Gingold, Dennis Price and Joan Bennett, among others.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0018619400586
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wham! Usa
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
52,026

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burl Ives Phineas T. Bamum
Troy Donahue Gaylord Sullivan
Gert Fröbe Prof. Von Bulow
Hermione Gingold Angelica
Terry-Thomas Capt. Sir Harry Washington-Smythe
Lionel Jeffries Sir Charles Dillworthy
Daliah Lavi Madelaine
Dennis Price Duke of Barset
Stratford Johns Warrant Officer
Graham Stark Grundle
Jimmy Clitheroe Gen. Tom Thumb
Allan Cuthbertson Scotland Yard Man
Derek Francis Puddleby
Joan Sterndale-Bennett The Queen
Joan Bennett Queen Victoria
Judy Cornwell Electra
Edward de Souza Henry
Joachim Teege Bulgeroff
Klaus Kinski Actor
Renate Von Holt Actor

Technical Credits
Don Sharp Director
Les Bowie Special Effects
Ann Chegwidden Editor
Dave Freeman Screenwriter
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Frank Graves Set Decoration/Design
Pat Moore Special Effects
John Scott Score Composer
Carl Toms Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Alan Towers Producer
Peter Welbeck Screenwriter
Frank White Art Director
Reginald Wyer Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon
1. Opening [1:55]
2. Progress [6:36]
3. Mad Idea [7:24]
4. News Travels [5:01]
5. Gentleman [6:47]
6. Gas Carriage [6:44]
7. Explosion [4:58]
8. Vital Tests [12:53]
9. Dangerous [5:51]
10. Dirty Spy [6:24]
11. Moon Ship [5:00]
12. Sabotage [5:58]
13. In Position [7:27]
14. Helping Hand [5:39]
15. Wheel Power [2:34]
16. The Charge [6:59]
17. Finished [3:45]
18. Siberia [1:53]

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Those Fantastic Flying Fools 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this DVD. I had watched the last half or so of this movie on TV years ago and thought it might be something my family and I would enjoy watching. However, a problem with the DVD I had purchased quickly became apparent. That is that the audio of the movie is out of sync with the movements of the actors lips. This continued throughout the movie and made it difficult to follow, especially coupled with the fact that much of the dialogue of the actors was difficult to understand anyway. I would recommend this movie only to persons who are very familiar with the speech patterns and quaint customs of the Victorian era which the actors are trying to emulate in a comical way,as well as with early science fiction writings of authors of that period. I woluld not recommend it to anyone who is annoyed with actors' words not matching their mouth movements. Nor would I recommend it to anyone with children who will continually be saying, "I don't understand" or"What does that mean?". Overall, I wish I had not made this rather expensive purchase.