G | | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Hoping to push Britain to the forefront of aviation, a London publisher organizes an international air race across the English Channel, but must contend with two entrants vying for his daughter, as well as national rivalries and cheating.
Orvil Newton (Stuart Whitman) was probably named after inventor Orville Wright, who helped build the first airplane, and scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who made discoveries regarding gravity.
Ever since man started to think, he's wanted to fly. But flying was strictly for the birds.
Narrator: And continued to be so for thousands of years.
Narrator: Man, eternally optimistic, kept trying.
Narrator: Encouraged by his many successes, man kept trying. Through his genius and...
Sir Percy climbs to top of the roof of a building to spy on the fliers by scaling a ladder that is laying on the roof. But when he slides off the roof, the ladder under him is gone.
The 20th Century Fox logo appears on the screen of an early 20th-century movie theater, surrounded by a safety curtain featuring advertisements typical of the era, as the studio fanfare is played by a small ensemble of piano, drums and horn - typical for the movie theaters of the 1910s. The first few scenes in the prologue appear in black-and-white on the screen, until the depiction of Count Emilio Ponticelli's pioneering flight, during which the image expands to fill the modern screen and changes to color, followed by the opening credit sequence.
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