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 www.IMDB.com, 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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1 Comments:

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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