Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Synopsis: In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women.
Director(s): Ken Annakin
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Rotten Tomatoes:
71%
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Year:
1965
138 min
50 Views

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Ever since man started to

think, he's wanted to fly.

But flying was strictly for the birds...

and continued to be so

for thousands of years.

Man, eternally optimistic,

kept trying.

Encouraged by his many successes,

man kept trying.

Through his genius

and his inventiveness,

he managed to get

his machines off the ground,

and sometimes

he brought them down again.

Bravo! Bravo!

All over the world, early pioneers

were making flying history.

And in Italy,

Count Emilio Ponticelli...

made what many people claimed

was the first long-distance flight.

There was no doubt about it,

by 1910, flying had become the rage.

Man had conquered the air,

and people everywhere

were all agog about...

those magnificent men

in their flying machines.

Those magnificent men

in their flying machines

They go up tiddly up up

They go down tiddly um down

They enchant all the ladies

and steal all the scenes

With their up tiddly up up

And their

down tiddly um down

Up, down

Flying around

Looping the loop

and defying the ground

They're all

frightfully keen

Those magnificent men

in their flying machines

They can fly upside down

with their feet in the air

They don't think of danger

They really don't care

Newton would think

he had made a mistake

To see those young men

and the chances they take

Those magnificent men

in their flying machines

They go up tiddly up up

They go down tiddly um down

They enchant all the ladies

and steal all the scenes

With their

up tiddly up up

And their

down tiddly um down

Up, down, flying around

Looping the loop

and defying the ground

They're all

frightfully keen

Those magnificent men

In their flying machines

Hello, Richard!

Oh, Richard! Oh, Richard,

please take me up.

Oh, no, not today.

No, it's much too windy.

Come on.

We'll swing her round.

And anyway, strictly speaking,

I'm still on duty. Lift!

It isn't too windy

for you to fly.

Come on.

Give a hand.

Oh, Richard,

look at that bird.

It can go wherever it likes,

whenever it likes.

- You're so lucky.

- Yes, I know.

Oh, I'd like to soar through the

air and look down on the world.

Right, let her down.

I think I'd make

a very nice bird.

Yes, I daresay.

Thank you, Carter.

Richard, isn't the rigging

a bit tight?

It seems to be

stretching the fabric.

You're getting rather good

at noticing things.

Well, I should jolly well hope so.

Thank you, Carter.

After all the work I've done

on this contraption.

Uh, Patricia,

did you get a chance to talk

to your father about my idea?

Yes, he's very interested, but

you'll still have to talk to him.

Oh, well, I can do that,

all right.

Tell him it will increase the

circulation of his newspaper.

Wave the flag. You know,

Britannia rules the sea,

but she doesn't rule the sky,

and all that sort of thing.

Yes, I know

exactly what to say.

Good. Then, when he's agreed

to your idea,

you're to ask him

if you can take me flying.

Hmm. Yes, I might.

This afternoon?

- All right.

- Oh!

Patricia, not now.

I'm in uniform.

Oh, Richard,

don't be so silly.

Follow me in your motorcar.

I'll try not to go too fast.

Oh.

- What's the trouble?

- Oh, nothing.

- Father doesn't know about this.

- Oh.

Won't be a minute.

- Well?

- Very nice.

You look just like a girl.

Thank you.

You know, one of these days, your

father's going to find you out.

Mmm, I know.

Exciting, isn't it?

The trouble with aviation today

is that too many good ideas.. .

are being dissipated

in too many aeroplanes.

If we could bring together all these

different types from all over the world,

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