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Rating: 5 stars


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Seen on: 02/25/2020

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Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967)

Directed by Don Sharp

Comedy | Science Fiction

Most recently watched by sleestakk


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…

Length 95 minutes


Burl Ives | Gert Fröbe | Edward de Souza | Graham Stark | Hermione Gingold | Terry-Thomas | Lionel Jeffries | Dennis Price | Stratford Johns | Daliah Lavi | Troy Donahue | Judy Cornwell | Allan Cuthbertson | John Franklyn | Derek Francis | Hugh Walters | Renate von Holt | Jimmy Clitheroe | Joachim Teege | Joan Sterndale-Bennett | Anthony Woodruff | Donald Bisset | Cecil Nash | Vernon Hayden | Harry Brogan | Derek Young

Viewing Notes

Featured film on DKUTV Space Station Europa tonight. Hadn’t seen it and not available at my library. Didn’t realize I’d be watching yet another Jules Verne adaptation this month but here we are.

This movie is only moderately amusing. It’s a lot of wheel spinning to get to that final rocket launch. Even as a comedy I’d like to think a film where PT Barnum visits England to fund a super rocket to take man to the moon would be better. Really doesn’t hold a candle the Fantastic Flying Machines that came out a couple years earlier.


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