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27th May 2005, 07:45
Can anyone tell me the title of a film (UK) in which there is a scene ( near the end) in which a chase is shown between a car and a Miles Messenger. A small part of the action is runway based.
I've been trying for months to come up with the title. No luck.

27th May 2005, 07:49

Can you give a rough age of the film?



27th May 2005, 08:16
Early 60's if I recall correctly.

27th May 2005, 08:30
"The Great Race"? 1965


Blake Edwards, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Dorothy Provine.

Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a hero among heroes whose purity of heart is manifested by his spotlessly white wardrobe. Leslie's great rival, played by Jack Lemmon, is Professor Fate, a scowling, mustachioed, top-hatted, black-garbed villain. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments with airships and sea craft, Professor Fate schemes to win a 22,000-mile auto race from New York City to Paris by whatever insidious means possible. The problem is that Fate is his own worst enemy: each of his plans to remove Leslie from the running (and from the face of the earth) backfires. Leslie's own cross to bear is suffragette Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood), who also hopes to win the contest and thus strike a blow for feminism. The race takes all three contestants to the Wild West, the frozen wastes of Alaska, and, in the longest sequence, the mythical European kingdom of Carpania. This last-named country is the setting for a wild Prisoner of Zenda spoof involving Professor Fate and his look-alike, the foppish Carpanian king. When Leslie and Fate approach the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, Leslie deliberately loses to prove his love for Maggie. Professor Fate cannot stand winning under these circumstances, thus he demands that he and Leslie race back to New York. The supporting cast includes Peter Falk as Fate's long-suffering flunkey Max, Keenan Wynn as Leslie's faithful general factotum, Dorothy Provine as a brassy saloon singer, Larry Storch as ill-tempered bandit Texas Jack, and Ross Martin as Baron Von Stuppe. The film also yielded a hit song, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's The Sweetheart Tree. The Great Race was dedicated to "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy". ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

G-ACTM, still flying as VH- AAT

All the film info here here (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059243/)

Aircraft history here (http://members.aol.com/warwicaero/gdata.htm)

Also here (http://www.adf-serials.com/2a37.shtml)

Was G-ADHG. Was VH-AAT. Impressed to RAAF 01/04/41 from the Royal Queensland Aeroclub. To 2CF 07/04/41. To Dehavillands for repair and this was underway on 05/12/41. Delivered to RAAF 02/01/42 at 2CF. To 3CF 10/08/42. Ground Looped on landing at Evans Head 091/04/44. To 3CRD 14/06/44. Tender for sale completed 09/03/45, sold for 206 pounds. Delivered to new owner 16/03/45. Port wing damaged 09/01/51. Restored in 1990 and featured in the film 'The Great Race' as G-ACTM, still flying as VH-AAT. Still extant Wangaratta.

A37-3 at Essendon Airport 11/8/96

A37-3 hiding beneath the wings of Airworld's two Hudsons.

McFunkletrumpet, I hope this is the aircraft you were after. :ugh:


edited to add piccies

27th May 2005, 08:57
Thanks but no. Defo British made. Messenger was dark in colour ( blue?).
Keep 'em coming please. Suspect that the film had a spy theme.
Thanks folks.

27th May 2005, 09:07

Is this the correct type of aircraft?

Bearing in mind the film was 1965 and the a/c could possibly have been repainted!


27th May 2005, 09:39
Sorry Silsoe but that is a Miles M3 Falcon, not a Messenger.
I have a haunting feeling that the runway shots may have been at Biggin using 11/29. On the other hand a search has not shown up anything for Biggin. The sad thing is I recognise the airfield !!!
Keep 'em coming PLEASE.

Biggles Flies Undone
27th May 2005, 09:47
There was one in 633 Squadron, but that wasn't a spy film!

27th May 2005, 09:51
One of these?


27th May 2005, 11:27
SS Yep thats what I'm on about.