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Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (aka Rocket to the Moon,Blast Off) is a 1967 British science fiction comedy film directed by Don Sharp and produced by Harry Alan Towers. It was released in the United States as Those Fantastic Flying Fools. Towers (as "Peter Welbeck") devised the story, very loosely based on From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, and the script was by Dave Freeman. Burl Ives plays showman Phineas T. Barnum in a race to become the first man to reach the Moon. The comic style is in the vein of other star-studded caper movies of the era, such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965). As such it has some clever moments. Lionel Jeffries as an engineer named Sir Charles Dillworthy shows a model of the machine to take the astronaut to the Moon. He is asked how it will bring him back. Jeffries, with a slight look of disapproval at the question says, "The project was to get a man to the moon. Nobody said a word...
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