Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Ken Annakin (1965)

U Certificate


Our Score
A host of international comedians don period garb, climb aboard wondrously ramshackle aircraft and dominate the screen over top-billed stars Stuart Whitman and Sarah Miles in this very entertaining comedy. Co-writer and director Ken Annakin keeps the action rattling along at a rate of knots and never slows the pace for the romance, allocating equal screen time to the different nationalities competing in the race. The glorious photography (by Christopher Challis) will inevitably be diminished on TV, but the wonderfully British robustness of the whole wacky premise can never be affected.


A publisher offers to sponsor the first London-to-Paris air race in a bid to boost the sales of his newspaper. Among the motley assortment of characters who sign up for the challenge is a scheming nobleman bent on sabotaging the efforts of the other entrants. Period comedy, starring Terry-Thomas, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Robert Morley, Benny Hill, Tony Hancock, Eric Sykes and Gert Frobe.

Cast & Crew

Patricia Rawnsley Sarah Miles
Richard Mays James Fox
Orvil Newton Stuart Whitman
Count Emilio Ponticelli Alberto Sordi
Lord Rawnsley Robert Morley
Colonel Manfred Von Holstein Gert Fröbe
Pierre Dubois Jean-Pierre Cassel
Courtney Eric Sykes
Sir Percival Ware-Armitage Terry-Thomas
Harry Popperwell Tony Hancock
Fire Chief Perkins Benny Hill
Mother Superior Flora Robson
George Gruber Sam Wanamaker
McDougal Gordon Jackson
Yamamoto Yujiro Ishihara
Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty Irina Demick
Lieutenant Parsons Jeremy Lloyd
Countess Sophia Ponticelli Zena Marshall
Airline hostess Millicent Martin
Tremayne Gascoyne William Rushton
Narrator James Robertson-Justice
Director Ken Annakin
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama