Saturday, December 29, 2007

IAMMMMW Fan Remembers 1963

Someone mentioned an old film called "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" by Stanley Kramer and I flashed back to a special screening in San Diego for staff members of the Union-Tribune newspaper.

The preview was in the then-new downtown Civic Center and editorial staff of the daily paper were invited to take a peek at a film which boasted "Everyone who's ever been funny is in it."

The movie ran more than 4 hours! Some of us were late going to lunch.

The final release was shortened to only about 3 hours but it was a funny, laugh-filled morning as we watched a who's who of comedy of the 50s and 60s explode on the screen.The "serious" star was Spencer Tracy and the theme is Greed with a capital "G.". Kramer had directed 4 of the last 5 Tracy films which included "Judgment At Nuremberg," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "Inherit The Wind."

Thanks to, one is able to find movies and read all about them online - including photos. Gotta love the computer.

A side note: I had never heard of Dick Shawn before this film and got to see him perform live comedy years later in a club.

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At Sat Dec 29, 05:13:00 PM , Blogger Patrick said...

Even though I was born in 1969, this is still one of my all-time favorite movies.


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