Friday Flicks: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Those who know me well have probably wondered why I haven’t mentioned this movie already. But then again, they may just be sick of hearing about it from me, and are glad I haven’t. 😀

But seriously, if you were to ask me what my favorite movie of all time would be, I would tell you, “I don’t really know.” But I would follow that up by saying that “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” would definitely be in my top 10. And it’s a great movie for a summertime Friday Night Flick…

There are so many things I’d like to tell you about this flick, but frankly, it’d just take too long. The stunts, the background, the cast, particular scenes – I just couldn’t do it. Suffice it to say that it was the inspiration for the dramatic musical production Leona and I created a few years ago called, “One Mad Christmas.” That should tell you something, right there.

Now here are some things to keep in mind about this movie:

  • You must watch it in a “wide screen” version. Really. It’s not optional.
  • This is a long movie that includes an intermission. It moves along at a steady pace, however, so fear not.
  • I personally like the longest version of this movie, but you may have trouble finding it.
  • If you have kiddos, it’s important to know that there are some fight scenes and a couple of curse words like “h-e-double hockey sticks.”
  • There’s a scene that includes a 60’s chick in a 60’s bikini. Just so you know.
  • It includes an “all star cast” and cameos galore from the biggest names in comedy at the time. You may or may not recognize them, but if you do, it will greatly add to the fun of watching it.
  • Do not confuse this movie with the movie, “Rat Race.” I haven’t seen that flick, but my understanding is, there is no comparison.
  • Jonathan Winters single handedly destroys a gas station in one scene. With gas prices as they are today, I just thought I’d mention that. 😛

Here’s a “fan made trailer” I found on YouTube that I think captures the flavor of the movie pretty well:

One more thing. “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” premiered in 1963, but believe it or not, there is actually a sequel to this movie in the works. It’s hard for me to imagine it being anything but terrible, but here’s hoping…

Well, from the looks of this post, it seems I took too long, anyway. 😀 But as always, if you watch it because you read about it in a “Friday Flicks” feature, I’d love to hear about it.


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