IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963)

Dir. Stanley Kramer

Stanley Kramer's homage to American comedy uses an all-star cast to re-create some of the greatest gags in comedy history, from the slapstick car crash that opens the film to the banana peel pratfall at the end. After years of message films like The Defiant Ones (1958) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), the producer-director wanted a change of pace. So he set out to make "a comedy to end all comedies." Screenwriter William Rose laid out the premise involving a zany group competing to unearth a buried fortune, and Kramer added the role of the police detective on their trail for his favorite actor, Spencer Tracy. To capture all the mayhem required 39 stunt men and the widest screen possible. Originally, Kramer wanted the three-camera Cinerama process, but then opted for Ultra-Panavision, which could create the wide-screen image with only one camera shooting. United Artists also produced 35mm prints for regular theaters, and those have been used most often for revival screenings. For the TCM Classic Film Festival, however, this fan favorite screens in its original 70mm aspect ratio.

In attendance: Barrie Chase, Marvin Kaplan, Mickey Rooney, Karen Sharpe Kramer.

TCM is saddened by the passing of actor and comedian Jonathan Winters, who had been scheduled to appear at this presentation. We share his loss with classic movie fans everywhere and celebrate the joy his work has brought and will continue to bring for generations to come.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that Carl Reiner will be unable to attend this presentation as previously announced.



IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
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