Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
- 2 hr 18 min
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes is a wacky spoof comedy set during the era of early aviation. English newspaper magnate Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) has forbidden his daughter Patricia (Sarah Miles) from following her passion and becoming an aviatrix. Richard Mays (James Fox) is a dashing young Army officer besotted with Patricia who sees his opportunity to impress both father and daughter. Richard is also a pilot and he convinces Lord Rawnsley to organize an aviation contest to promote British aviation. Through his newspaper Lord Rawnsley offers a ten thousand pound prize to the first pilot to fly from London to Paris. A host of daredevil pilots from all around the globe soon sign up for the race and hijinks ensue as some of the more unsavory contestants resort to sabotage. The movie was directed by Ken Annakin, who also co-wrote the screenplay along with Jack Davies.