Those Fantastic Flying Fools [Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon] [Blast-Off]

Don Sharp (director)
Jules Verne (novel)
Harry Alan Towers (story)
Dave Freeman (screenwriter)
Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Terry-Thomas, Graham Stark (starring)

Los Angeles: American International Pictures [AIP], 1967. Collection of five vintage studio still photographs from the 1967 film, here under the working title "Blast-Off."

Inspired by the Jules Verne's 1865 novel "From the Earth to the Moon," producer Harry Alan Towers wrote the story (under the pseudonym Peter Welbeck) which Dave Freeman adapted to a screenplay. Released in the UK as "Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon" and in the US as "Those Fantastic Flying Fools" to capitalize on the success of Ken Annakin's 1965 film "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines."

Set in Victorian England, Phineas T. Barnum (Burl Ives), who arrives after his circus burns to the ground, attempts to launch a rocket from a massive gun barrel, as the project is beset with spies, saboteurs and embezzlement.

Set in Wales, shot on location in Ireland.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Olive Films OF1330.

[Book #147624]