Wednesday, July 22, 2015

1963 - IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, on Blu Ray

Stanley Kramer's over the top slapstick comedy has a real over the top cast of comics.  How a filmmaker like Kramer who usually made dreary 50's and 60's preachy liberal films got it in his head that he was the guy to film this epic widescreen comedy will probably forever be a mystery.

This film is essentially a car chase comedy.  The cars race around the California desert highways while the cast does it comedy shtick thing.  The film also has some spectacular airplane stunts and Johnathan Winters is funny as a dumb tow truck operator who destroys a gas station when he loses his temper.

Dick Shawn (dancing with Barrie Chase) is the ultimate "mama's boy" the son of the very loud Ethel Merman.  Towards the end of the film Kramer throws in Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as a couple of cab drivers just to mix it up more.

Frankly Kramer's director is in his usual blunderbuss get it done style.  The basic comedy situation and the expert stunt, model and miniature effects make the film work.  Let's not forget no computer generated effects were used in this film.

161 minutes.

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