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  • There are the nasty Germans, whose commander goes literally by the book, especially when his pilot becomes incapacitated and he must fly during the big show

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      Everyone has a rainy day movie, one that they like to watch when the weather outside is gray. You just warm yourself up a mug of hot cocoa, with marshmallows, stay in your pajamas, put up your feet, and enjoy the next couple of hours. For me, that movie is Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, a movie made in 1965.

      It is a simple story. A wealthy Brit at


      the dawn of the flying age, has an itch to scratch, so devises an airplane race with a nice cash prize. This contest attracts flying aces from the world over, who converge on England to begin preparing for the air race from London to Paris. Much of the film takes place on an airfield, where this odd assortment of pilots practice with their aircraft. During this period of preparation, competition is already running rampant. There are the nasty Germans, whose commander goes literally by the book, especially when his pilot becomes incapacitated and he must fly during the big show. The Italian brings his large family for support. There are the French and the Japanese. The Brits have two entries: a proper R.A.F. Pilot, who is also engaged to the race originator’s daughter, and a conniving worm played beautifully by ...

      • Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
      comedic talent Terry-Thomas. The American entrant is a right down home cowboy from Arizona, played by Stuart Whitman. At times na�ve, at times brash, he goes about his business, inevitably falling for the same girl as the British R.A.F. chap.

      This long film, with the seventh longest title in the history of cinema: Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, or: How I Flew From London To Paris In 25 Hours

      And 11 Minutes, keeps pace well, with enjoyable flying sequences, as these international pilots try to fly their crazy-looking airplanes, while trying also to deal with each other. Look for a recurring cameo by the late Benny Hill.

      The actual race is fun to watch and even though the ending is inevitable, the journey to the ending is what counts, and this journey is well worth the hot cocoa, pajamas and rainy weather.




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