In Like Flint (1967)

114 mins | Comedy, Satire | 15 March 1967

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Hal Fimberg

Producer:

Saul David

Cinematographer:

William H. Daniels

Editor:

Hugh S. Fowler

Production Designers:

Jack Martin Smith, Dale Hennesy

Production Company:

Saul David Productions
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HISTORY

Just a few months after the successful opening of the spy parody, Our Man Flint (1966, see entry), the 12 Apr 1966 DV indicated that Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. had already begun preparing a sequel, tentatively called F As in Flint. The 23 Apr 1966 LAT confirmed the title had been changed to In Like Flint, and a 28 Jul 1966 DV article noted it would be the first project under producer Saul David’s new contract at Fox, which guaranteed him twenty percent of any profits once rentals exceed 2.4 times a film’s negative cost.
       An early casting item in the 22 Apr 1966 DV indicated that E. G. Marshall was originally in talks to play “President Trent,” while the 23 Sep 1966 LAT indicated that Marianne Osborne had been cast as a Russian cosmonaut. In Like Flint marked the acting debut of Bill Lear, founder of the Lear Jet Corporation, who made a cameo appearance as a mechanic.
       Principal photography began 27 Jun 1966 near Montego Bay, Jamaica, as stated in a DV brief published the next day. The 13 Jul 1966 DV claimed that water had to be sent by truck to the location approximately ten miles outside the city. Filming continued in Jamaica until 18 Jul 1966, when the unit was scheduled to return to the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles, CA. According to an 11 Aug 1966 DV item, Chris Kraft, Jr., of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) served as a consultant for scenes set in ... More Less

Just a few months after the successful opening of the spy parody, Our Man Flint (1966, see entry), the 12 Apr 1966 DV indicated that Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. had already begun preparing a sequel, tentatively called F As in Flint. The 23 Apr 1966 LAT confirmed the title had been changed to In Like Flint, and a 28 Jul 1966 DV article noted it would be the first project under producer Saul David’s new contract at Fox, which guaranteed him twenty percent of any profits once rentals exceed 2.4 times a film’s negative cost.
       An early casting item in the 22 Apr 1966 DV indicated that E. G. Marshall was originally in talks to play “President Trent,” while the 23 Sep 1966 LAT indicated that Marianne Osborne had been cast as a Russian cosmonaut. In Like Flint marked the acting debut of Bill Lear, founder of the Lear Jet Corporation, who made a cameo appearance as a mechanic.
       Principal photography began 27 Jun 1966 near Montego Bay, Jamaica, as stated in a DV brief published the next day. The 13 Jul 1966 DV claimed that water had to be sent by truck to the location approximately ten miles outside the city. Filming continued in Jamaica until 18 Jul 1966, when the unit was scheduled to return to the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles, CA. According to an 11 Aug 1966 DV item, Chris Kraft, Jr., of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) served as a consultant for scenes set in a space center. The 27 Jul 1966 edition reported that University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) football coach Tommy Prothro was also involved in the production, conducting a “practice session” with several actresses in the supporting cast who made up a team of “Flint’s All-Americans.” Another item in the 29 Aug 1966 issue referred to the women as the “Fabulous Flint Girls,” and reported that Gene Lester would spend ten days producing a promotional short film about the actresses featured in the picture. The 28 Jul 1966 DV claimed that Bing Crosby also recorded a fundraiser on the set of In Like Flint. Filming was completed by the fall, as indicated by a 15 Oct 1966 LAT brief stating that editing was currently underway.
       According to the 15 Feb 1967 DV, In Like Flint was scheduled to premiere 3 Mar 1967 in Puerto Rico. A 1 Mar 1967 Var news story indicated a two-day press, television, and radio junket preceded the event, which culminated in an afterparty at the El San Juan Hotel.
       The picture opened in several New York City theaters on 15 Mar 1967, with a citywide engagement in Los Angeles beginning one week later, on 22 Mar 1967.
       By 21 Apr 1967, DV reported that the film was performing well enough at the box-office for Fox to consider making a third installment in the series. Although he was under contract to make another picture for the studio, star James Coburn was supposedly reluctant to continue with a franchise, and production did not move ahead. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 Apr 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Jun 1966
p. 9.
Daily Variety
13 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1966
p. 11.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1966
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Aug 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Aug 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
23 Sep 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Sep 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Feb 1967.
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Daily Variety
21 Apr 1967
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
23 Apr 1966
p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
23 Sep 1966
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
15 Oct 1966
p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
22 Mar 1967
Section E, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
24 Mar 1967
Section D, p. 6.
New York Times
15 Mar 1967
p. 54.
New York Times
16 Mar 1967
p. 53.
Variety
1 Mar 1967
p. 13.
Variety
15 Mar 1967
p. 6, 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Sp action seq dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
James coburn's ward by
MUSIC
Orchestration
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Ballet choreography
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Cooperation
Opening montage & titles
Opening montage & titles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Your Zowie Face," words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Jerry Goldsmith.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
F As in Flint
Release Date:
15 March 1967
Premiere Information:
Puerto Rico premiere: 3 March 1967
New York opening: 15 March 1967
Los Angeles opening: 22 March 1967
Production Date:
began 27 June 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Saul David Productions
Copyright Date:
15 March 1967
Copyright Number:
LP34450
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
114
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

As the United States prepares its latest space launching from a remote site in the Virgin Islands, a secret society of women plans to conquer the world. Using a beauty resort called "Fabulous Face" as a front, they put their master plan into operation by abducting the President of the United States from a golf course and replacing him with a look-alike. Special Pentagon official Cramden senses a conspiracy and calls on secret agent Derek Flint for help, but Lisa, an agent for Fabulous Face, drugs Cramden and discredits him by having him photographed in bed with her. In addition, Flint's three favorite girl friends are abducted by the secret society and temporarily frozen into suspended life. After a side trip to the Soviet Union, Flint uses his innumerable gadgets to penetrate the Fabulous Face headquarters. Cramden, who attempts entry by disguising himself as a woman, is discovered and thrown into a cell with the President. Meanwhile, General Carter, a traitorous Army officer, is planning to double-cross Fabulous Face and further his own chances for world conquest by transforming the rocket into a nuclear device. However, as the rocket is prepared for blast-off, Flint and the Fabulous Face agents combine forces against their common enemy. Carter launches himself into space, intending to destroy the world, but the pursuing Flint overpowers him, thereby saving his girl friends, Cramden, the President, and the ... +


As the United States prepares its latest space launching from a remote site in the Virgin Islands, a secret society of women plans to conquer the world. Using a beauty resort called "Fabulous Face" as a front, they put their master plan into operation by abducting the President of the United States from a golf course and replacing him with a look-alike. Special Pentagon official Cramden senses a conspiracy and calls on secret agent Derek Flint for help, but Lisa, an agent for Fabulous Face, drugs Cramden and discredits him by having him photographed in bed with her. In addition, Flint's three favorite girl friends are abducted by the secret society and temporarily frozen into suspended life. After a side trip to the Soviet Union, Flint uses his innumerable gadgets to penetrate the Fabulous Face headquarters. Cramden, who attempts entry by disguising himself as a woman, is discovered and thrown into a cell with the President. Meanwhile, General Carter, a traitorous Army officer, is planning to double-cross Fabulous Face and further his own chances for world conquest by transforming the rocket into a nuclear device. However, as the rocket is prepared for blast-off, Flint and the Fabulous Face agents combine forces against their common enemy. Carter launches himself into space, intending to destroy the world, but the pursuing Flint overpowers him, thereby saving his girl friends, Cramden, the President, and the world. +

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