It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Friday, January 27 7:00pm Liberty Hall
For our first Cinema a Go Go of 2017, we've got Stanley Kramer's epic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).
Until this film, Kramer was known as a director of "serious" films like Judgment at Nuremburg and The Defiant Ones. With a screenplay by William and Tania Rose, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World starts off with the death of a thief in a spectacular car crash. A group of passing motorists stop to help and hear the thief's dying confession about $350,000 in stolen loot buried "under the Big W" somewhere in southern California. What follows is a madcap chase of epic proportions as the bystanders take off in search of the loot - with the police in hot pursuit.
The cast of Mad, Mad World is practically a Who's Who of Comedy in 1963 - Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Ethel Merman and Edie Adams, among MANY others. The film is crammed with cameo appearances by dozens of Hollywood stars, from Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World became a stunning critical and commercial success in 1963 and went on to win an Academy Award (for Best Sound Editing) and was nominated for five additional Academy Awards and two Golden Globes.
Tickets for Cinema a Go Go are $8.00 at the door. Doors open 6:30pm.
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