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Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 26 July 1967 (USA)
In Victorian England, an American showman uses a wealthy Frenchman's finances to build a German explosives expert's giant cannon designed to fire a people-filled projectile to the Moon but spies and saboteurs endanger the project.

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Don Sharp

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (original story) (as Peter Welbeck), Jules Verne (inspired by the writings of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burl Ives ... Phineas T. Barnum
Jimmy Clitheroe Jimmy Clitheroe ... General Tom Thumb
Terry-Thomas ... Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Graham Stark ... Grundle
Gert Fröbe ... Professor von Bulow (as Gert Frobe)
Lionel Jeffries ... Sir Charles Dillworthy
Dennis Price ... The Duke of Barset
Troy Donahue ... Gaylord
Daliah Lavi ... Madelaine
Edward de Souza ... Henri (as Edward De Souza)
Hermione Gingold ... Angelica
Judy Cornwell ... Electra
Renate von Holt ... Anna (as Renata Holt)
Joachim Teege Joachim Teege ... Bulgeroff
Stratford Johns ... Warrant Officer
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Phineas T Barnum and friends finance the first flight to the moon but find the task a little above them. They attempt to blast their rocket into orbit from a massive gun barrel built into the side of a Welsh mountain, but money troubles, spies and saboteurs ensure that the plan is doomed before it starts. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Daliah Lavi replaced Senta Berger. See more »

Quotes

The Duke of Barset: A common device for swindling! In my day you'd be led to a room with a gun on the table. The door would be closed. A shot would ring out. A woman would scream.
Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe: I say, I did so like the part about the woman screaming!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: and Queen Victoria JOAN STERNDALE BENNETT God Bless her ! See more »


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Volga Boatmen
Written by Mili Balakirew (as Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev) (uncredited)
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Visually acceptable, but quite scattered storyline ......
12 December 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with 'Blast Off", if you are willing to travel back to Victorian England, and enjoy the era. The era of scientific wonder and adventure, is depicted quite nicely. What is not depicted quite nicely is any kind of cohesive story. Vascillating between science fiction, farce, and romance, gradually scrambles the story to the point of bewilderment. While things start off with master showman P.T. Barnum and his miniature sidekick Tom Thumb trying to stage one of their spectacular "events", the movie eventually deteriorates into slapstick. "Blast Off" does have a few moments of dark comedy intertwined with all the nonsense. "Don't they usually give medals after the return trip?" - MERK


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Fantastic Flying Fools See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jules Verne Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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