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Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon [DVD] [1967]

Release Date:03/24/2009

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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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