Saturday, August 12, 2006

Movie: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World

I watched the 1963 comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World”, when I was a child this movie was a successful hit in my hometown running eight weeks consecutively. That’s not the real reason I rented it, because one of the greatest comedians Terry-Thomas, had a role in this movie as the British Lt. Col. Algernon Hawthorne.
The synopsis of the movie is simple, the dying words of an old man spark a madcap cross-country rush to find a hidden cache of stolen money. Can you believe there is a scene where the old man literally kicked the bucket!!!
Peter Falk (none other than Lieutenant Columbo!) was a pleasant surprise at the end of the movie as a cab driver.
Here is some real trivia: it became well known that director Stanley Kramer was casting nearly every comedy performer he could think of. Some famous stars actually contacted Kramer to volunteer for the project, or to inquire as to why they had not been contacted. Even Jerry Lewis has a cameo role, however, Stan Laurel turned down an invitation to appear in this film. When his partner Oliver Hardy died in 1957, Laurel pledged never to perform again. He never did.
Here is a conversation between Terry-Thomas' Col. Hawthorne and Mrs. Marcus.
Hawthorne: Jolly nasty accident there. Jolly lucky nobody was hurt.
Mrs. Marcus: Where did you get that funny accent? Are you from Harvard or something?
Hawthorne: Harvard? Rather not. I'm English.
Mrs. Marcus: Sounds so foreign.


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