Blast-Off [Blu-ray] [1967]

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Those Fantastic Flying Fools
Produced in the wake of the all-star "comedy spectacular" Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Fantastic Flying Fools (originally titled Blast-Off, and also released as Those Fantastic Flying Fools) is based very loosely on a Jules Verne novel. A 19th century British newspaper offers a prize to the first scientist who is able to construct and launch a rocket to the moon. Contestants from all over the world compete for the prize, including Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines cast members Terry-Thomas and Gert Frobe. Much of the slapstick is tiresome and derivative, but there is one cute closing gag involving villains Terry-Thomas and Lionel Jeffries and a Siberian chain gang. There's precious little of the spirit of Jules Verne in Fantastic Flying Fools, save for the woodcut illustrations which decorate the opening credits. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Burl Ives
    Burl Ives - Phineas T. Bamum
  • Troy Donahue
    Troy Donahue - Gaylord Sullivan
  • Hermione Gingold
    Hermione Gingold - Angelica
  • Terry-Thomas
    Terry-Thomas - Capt. Sir Harry Washington-Smythe
  • Daliah Lavi
    Daliah Lavi - Madelaine

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