It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Modern photos of movie locations visible in the 1963 movie.

 

 
 

 
 

 Paul Ford, second from right, and Jesse White, radio operator, right.
Other two are Eddie Ryder, control tower staffer, and Carl Reiner, controller.

 

 
Click Photos to Enlarge Pines to Palms Highway (Highway 74) Location
1. Where Smiler Grogan "sailed right out there." -- 2007 photo (top) and directions courtesy of Joe Westerberg, of Palm Springs. Click here to see Paul Scrabo's great photos from this same location. Near mile marker 88 on Highway 74, south of Palm Desert.
2. Looking Up at Smiler Grogan accident. -- 2007 photo (top) and directions courtesy of Joe Westerberg, of Palm Springs. Click here to see Paul Scrabo's great photos from this location. Near mile marker 88 on Highway 74, south of Palm Desert.
3. Smiler Grogan's headrest. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Near mile marker 88 on Highway 74, south of Palm Desert.
4. Google Earth aerial of Seven-level Hill. Courtesy Ron Kawal Highway 74
5. Seventeen Different Ways Discussion. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Between Mileposts 84 and 85 on Highway 74
6. Seventeen Different Ways Discussion. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Between Mileposts 84 and 85 on Highway 74
7. Lennie is Caught. This location almost across the road from the seventeen ways discussion. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Between Mileposts 84 and 85 on Highway 74.
8. Leaving Seventeen Different Ways Discussion Area.  Courtesy Ron Kawal. Between Mileposts 84 and 85 on Highway 74
9. Caravan, pretending to not be interested in treasure -- 2007 photo (top) and directions courtesy of Joe Westerberg, of Palm Springs. Mile Marker 90 on Highway 74 South of Palm Desert... the callbox in the photo is CB 74 905
10. Caravan, beginning to drive faster -- 2007 photo (top) and directions courtesy of Joe Westerberg, of Palm Springs. Mile Marker 90 on Highway 74 South of Palm Desert... the callbox in the photo is CB 74 905
11. Chase Continues. Lower half of Seven-Level Hill. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Lower part of Seven-level Hill
 

Low Desert: Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage

 
1. Spinout, no more pretending -- 2007 photo (top) and directions courtesy of Joe Westerberg, of Palm Springs. Looking south on Bob Hope Drive, just south of Gerald Ford Drive, in Palm Desert.

2. Chartering the plane -- Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett talk to Charles Lane before dashing into building where they awaken a hung-over pilot. Kim Houskin has verified that these scenes -- both indoors and out -- were shot at the no-longer-existing Palm Desert Airpark and Desert Air Hotel and Resort in what is now Rancho Mirage. The entire property is now covered by the Rancho Las Palmas resort. The background trees on the right are date palms. Kim says "The third photo shows the Boyds (Hopalong Cassidy and Grace) with Brian Dunlevy, at a table. The Boyds lived in Palm Desert from 1957 until he died in 1972. Celebrities and regular folk alike would eat at Desert Air. Also it was a fly-in resort, complete with pool, rental units etc. They even had a cross runway, a portion of which was used to play polo on. Edgar Bergen would fly in here in his plane and, also, when President Eisenhower retired to the desert he used the airport."

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Rancho Mirage
2. Lifting off.  Though they board the Beechcraft D-18 at Palm Desert Airpark in Rancho Mirage, they lift off from the runway of the nearby Palm Springs airport (now PSP, the Palm Springs International Airport). Top photo taken November, 2003.Bottom photo is clip from movie. Palm Springs
 

High Desert: Twenty-Nine Palms

 
1. Bi-plane lifts off from Twenty-Nine Palms airport. I have been told by visitors to this site that this plane is a 1917 Standard J-1, a trainer that was built during World War One. Twenty-Nine Palms
2. Twenty-nine Palms airport in 2009. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Twenty-Nine Palms
3. Flying over desert toward Newbury Park from Twenty-nine Palms. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Twenty-nine Palms
     

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Other Flying Locations

Location

1. Flying through a roadside billboard. Until early 2009, the Internet Movie Database (Trivia) incorrectly reported that this sign was located "just off the end of the runway at the Chino, CA airport."  That misinformation has been corrected several times, but IMDB always seems to revert back to the same error after a few weeks. For photos of the exact location near the John Wayne airport in Orange County, visit Ron Kawal's site here.

An invoice from Tallmantz -- the company that owned and flew the plane -- shows that the Beechcraft D-18 aircraft took off from what is now John Wayne airport in Orange County, Calif., and was returned to that airport, damaged, less than one hour later. The production log lists the location as Laguna Canyon Highway. And we now have a statement from a former Tallmantz employee who says he erected the sign in Irvine, just east of the John Wayne Airport, near no-longer-there Lion Country Safari. In the forward to Frank Tallman's book, Flying The Old Planes, Joe Brown wrote:

"In one scene, he was to fly a twin-engined Beechcraft through a billboard. A practice sign, using cloth tapes, was set up in an Orange County pasture and Tallman flew through it several times a day for three weeks. Then he switched to a real billboard in which the usual wood or metal base was replaced with Styrofoam and balsa wood strips.... Smashing through the sign at 160 mph before the cameras, the right engine sputtered dead. Paper, wood, and other debris splattered around Tallman in the cockpit. The front windscreen was shattered.... Tallman radioed the nearby Orange County Airport for an O.K. to make an emergency landing and got in without injury."
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Irvine. Highway 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) just a few feet north of intersection with I-405. This is just east of the Orange County Airport, now known as John Wayne Airport. Click here for more information.
     
 

Santa Rosa (Northern California)

 


1. Flying through hangar. The top photo at left, from the movie, shows the plane approaching an open-ended hangar. The lower picture combines a photo from the movie (bottom) showing the plane exiting the hangar, with a cell phone photo taken in 2005 by a pilot who flies out of the Santa Rosa airport daily. He comments: "I asked my boss about it--he was there during the filming. A plane did indeed fly through this hangar. They did 3 practice approaches over the hangar until finally flying under it. They only did it once. They had to lay down a power line so as to not hit it, of course. Apparently after going through the hangar, they had to turn to fit between the trees and then climb away. ( Thanks, Evan Baker, for the photo and information.) Evan mentions that in the movie photo you can see three small lights on the side of the hangar. Those lights are still there, though not working, but don't show up on the cell phone photo.

In the bottom picture, taken by Ron Kawal in 2009, the three lights on the hangar are visible.

 Santa Rosa (Northern Calif.)

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Woodland Hills, Calabasas and Agoura Hills

 
I don't know the order in which the movie scenes were produced, but if they were filmed in geographic order -- from east to west -- it might have gone as follows. After filming all the high desert and low desert scenes, the stars and cars were moved to Woodland Hills, near the west end of the San Fernando Valley. At the intersection of 101 and Valley Circle/Mulholland Drive they filmed chase scenes, then they moved about five miles west to the eastern edge of Agoura Hills. They perhaps took a short side-trip south to film a chase scene at Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Drive. Then they must have spent several days in Agoura Hills, because all the chase scenes involving the red Dodge Dart convertible were filmed there, as well as many involving other vehicles -- especially the tow truck. They filmed cars driving back and forth on 101 from Las Virgenes Road to Westlake Blvd. Then they filmed vehicles turning off of 101 at what is now Liberty Canyon, then filmed chase scenes at almost every part of what was then (and mostly still is) Agoura Road from Liberty Canyon to Kanan Road. The red convertible and the blue Chevy finally crash into a ravine at what is now Agoura Road and Vejar Drive. After exhausting the Agoura Hills area, the production moved on to Newbury Park.

 

1. The bridge in the background of this photo crosses the 101 freeway in Woodland Hills. Web visitor, Barry Keith says, "The bridge that was there at the time of filming has been replaced by the one that is there now. The new one was built directly east of the original bridge." This is where Mulholland Highway (to the southeast) becomes Valley Circle Drive (to the northwest).  In both photos, Mulholland goes behind the photographer, to the bottom left of photo, Valley Circle goes away from the photographer, in the center of the photo, and the cross street is Ave San Luis.  In the third photo, below the composite, we can see the hill that is visible in the upper right of the movie shot.  Woodland Hills
2. Motion Picture and Television Fund/Hospital/Home - On the southwest corner of the intersection of Mulholland Ave. and the 101 freeway in Woodland Hills (same intersection as immediately above), is the Motion Picture and Television Fund office, the MPTV Home and the MPTV Hospital, which are visible in the background as the various Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World vehicles race by. It is on the far right in this photo.  Woodland Hills
3. 101 Freeway, looking West from Chesebro Road overpass in Agoura Hills, California. Upper photo (December 2004) was taken from about 20 feet higher than movie picture, so Ladyface Mountain on the left looks a little different, and more distant mountains are visible on the right.  Agoura Hills
4. Roadside Drive (the frontage road on south side of the 101 freeway) and Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, Calif. Don Knotts leaves the frontage road and drives into a Mobil gasoline station. The streets are largely unchanged but the station has been replaced by a restaurant, the Wood Ranch Grill.  Agoura Hills
4.5 Another photo from almost inside the Wood Ranch Grill that replaced the Mobil station at the corner of Roadside Drive and Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, Calif.  
5. Tow truck turns south from Hwy. 101 at Liberty Canyon Road (it was Rondell Street in 1963), then immediately turns right onto what was then the east end of Agoura Road. A Smirnoff Vodka sign is visible in the background. This area has changed a lot since the movie was made, but at least two of the trees on the far hill are still identifiable.  Calabasas
5b. Another 2010 photo of Liberty Canyon Road (then Rondell Street) and a driveway that is the closest thing today to what was the end of Agoura Road when the movie was made. The tow truck above would have been turning into what is now this driveway into a deserted parking lot.  Calabasas
5c. Agoura Road and Vendell Road, on south side of 101 freeway at east end of Agoura Hills. Photo courtesy David Zaitz. To find this spot exit 101 at Chesebro Road. Go south on Chesebro Road, east on Agoura Road to Vendell Road. In 1963, when the movie was made, the road on the left was Agoura Road and the road on the right was Rondell Road. But in 2009 when the lower photo was taken, the road on the left was a dead end road and is Vendell. The road on the right is now Agoura Road.  Calabasas
6. Agoura Road (looking NE, driving SW), just south of Hwy 101, between Liberty Canyon Road and Chesebro Road. Courtesy Ron Kawal.  Calabasas
6a. Bridge at Agoura Road and Vejar Drive. Buildings and vegetation now block the view of the distant mountains, but there is no doubt this is the same location because from a higher elevation the skyline does match, the ravine is the right distance from the road, the hillside south of Agoura Road matched before Vejar Drive was built. But for final confirmation, the oak tree and telephone pole visible in this movie clip are still there.  Agoura Hills
6b. Matching tree. Here is one of the photos used to determine that the tree near the bridge at Agoura Road and Vejar Drive is the same tree visible in the 1963 movie. Photo by Gerry Chudleigh.  Agoura Hills
6c. Bridge at Agoura Road and Vejar Drive. The ravine has been replaced by a concrete storm channel, and the old wooden bridge -- which was damaged by the blue Chevy during this crash scene -- has been replaced with a concrete bridge. Photo by Gerry Chudleigh.  Agoura Hills
6d. Bridge at Agoura Road and Vejar Drive. At the far right of the modern photo you can see the grassy area below chaparral (wild shrubs) on the south side of Agoura Road. Since the movie was made, that area has been changed by the addition of a housing area and street -- Vejar Drive.  Agoura Hills
     
     
     
     

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Newbury Park

Location

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The 1963 movie, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," includes several scenes showing Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett chartering a twin-engine plane, a Beechcraft D-18, and flying it to an airport loudly identified by the man in the control tower (Carl Reiner) as Rancho Conejo Airport. Buddy Hackett ends up flying the plane after the pilot (Jim Backus, best known as Thurston Howell in Gilligan's Island) gets drunk and is knocked unconscious. Col. Wilberforce (Paul Ford) is brought in to give Hackett flying instruction over the radio. Jesse White, radio tower operator, says, "Why don't we just shoot 'em down and be through with it." I started this website with the single intention of matching mountain skylines to demonstrate that these scenes were shot just east of Rancho Conejo Blvd. in Newbury Park, Calif., not in Chino or Santa Rosa or any other locations mentioned on other websites.

Almost all the airport tower scenes were, indeed, filmed at the no-longer-existing Rancho Conejo Airport in Newbury Park, California, now a part of the city of Thousand Oaks. Click on the photos below to compare scenes from the movie with the current topography. Lower parts of pictures (usually) are from the movie; upper parts are photos taken in Newbury Park (or elsewhere) in 2003 (and later). Click on the wide panoramic photo below to see the Newbury Park skyline.

The Rancho Conejo Airport, which was described by the Los Angeles Times as the "The finest executive aircraft facility on the West Coast," was in operation for about five years, beginning in 1960. In the mid-1990s developers raised the ground level several feet and the entire airport area was covered by a gated community of homes.

1. Flying over agricultural land -- Could be many places in Southern California in 1963, but could be Santa Rosa valley, a mile or two northwest of Rancho Conejo Airport (and hundreds of miles south of the Santa Rosa airport.) Newbury Park?
2. Shots from inside the control tower. The mountain in the background, to the northwest of the old airport, has no name. It is just west of Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The airport is now covered with expensive homes. The mountain looks like the back of a bent thumb, so I named it that on the panorama above. Newbury Park
3. Shot of General dangling from tower. I believe the farthest building visible in this photo is the restaurant the plane is about to crash into. The mountain in the background is west of Newbury Park Adventist Academy, near the Wendy Drive exit on Hwy 101, and directly west of the airport tower. Three Stooges visible by fire truck. Newbury Park

4. Landing the plane: In the background of the top picture we can see mountains north of the airport, in what is now Thousand Oaks' Wildwood Park. Lizard Rock is on the left, Mount Clef in the center.

Treetop Hill, on far right in lower picture, is located near Lynn Road and Gainsborough Road, east of airport. The oak tree on top has grown larger since 1963.

Newbury Park
5. Crashing into the airport restaurant: In the background we can see the Santa Monica Mountains to the south of Newbury Park and the airport. Fireworks Hill visible on extreme left. The hangars are visible just above the plane's wing on the right. Newbury Park
6. Running to the parking lot where cabs are waiting: In the background is "Adventist Hill," directly to the west of the airport. Newbury Park
7. Talking to cab driver ( Eddie "Rochester" Anderson) before driving away. The cabbie in the background, the one who did not pick up a fare, is NOT Peter Falk, who appears just a few minutes later in the movie, and plays a major part in most of he rest of the film. Newbury Park
8. Three Stooges in front of hangar with "Rancho Conejo" painted on side. Newbury Park
9. Former airport entrance and parking lot in 2003. This is at Ventu Park Road and Lawrence Drive, just east of Amgen. The nearly mile long, lighted runways started somewhere in this photo and ran to the right of the photo. Newbury Park
10. Google map showing location of Rancho Conejo Airport  
11. Where was the Rancho Conejo Control Tower? There is no record that the Rancho Conejo Airport had a control tower, and if it had had a control tower it would not have been made out of wood and been located just a few feet from the runway. So what we are looking for is the location of the "control tower" erected for this movie -- it looks more like a fire lookout tower. To find the exact location -- within a hundred feet -- I enlarged the old aerial photo of the airport on the right to the exact scale of a modern Google Earth aerial photo. Then I made the old aerial photo 50 percent transparent and floated it over the Google map. I matched the line of Conejo Creek (shown in red) and the arrowhead-shaped canyon. This gives the exact position of the hangars and the runway. Of course we don't know exactly where the tower was -- except that it seems to have been directly across from the first hangar, between the runway and the hangar access road. So that is where I put the yellow box showing about where the control tower was located -- at about 1600 Butterfly Court, Newbury Park. It is the fourth house from the southeast end of the cul-de-sac, on the north side of the street. The actual location may have been in the house to the left or the house to the right, but probably not much farther away than that.
 
 

Malibu (Hwy 1)

 
4. Pacific Coast Highway, west of Malibu, at Corral Canyon, looking east, toward L.A. In the modern photo 50 palm trees surround Cher's house on top the hill in the center of the picture. The 76 station has relocated from the northeast corner of the intersection to the northwest corner. Malibu
5. Pacific Coast Highway, west of Malibu, at Corral Canyon, looking west. The two cabs full of people are on the dirt shoulder of the road, chasing Spencer Tracy in the black police car. Malibu

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Soledad Canyon

 
1. Soledad Canyon tunnel. Showing curves to west of tunnel. Courtesy Ron Kawal. To get to this tunnel from Los Angeles, drive north on I-5 to California 14. Drive east on 14 for 10.8 miles to Exit 11, Soledad Canyon Road. Drive 2.5 miles east to the tunnel. Soledad Canyon
2. Soledad Canyon just west of the tunnel. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Soledad Canyon
3. Soledad Canyon tunnel, west entrance. Courtesy Ron Kawal. According to Google streets, the approximate address of this tunnel is: 11540 Soledad Canyon Rd, Green Valley, CA, United States. Soledad Canyon
4. Soledad Canyon fight scene. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Soledad Canyon
5. Soledad Tunnel, East exit. Jeep exits East end of Soledad tunnel. Rocks that Jeep climbs before rolling over can be seen on our left in this photo. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Soledad Canyon
6. Soledad canyon rollover. As the Jeep in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World exits the east end of the Soledad tunnel, it climbs the natural incline on its right and rolls over. Ron Kawal was able to match some of the existing rocks with those visible in the movie. Soledad Canyon
7. Soledad Canyon. Area where wrecked Jeep came to rest and where fight broke out. Courtesy Ron Kawal. Soledad Canyon

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Long Beach

 
1. Alley in final chase scene. This photo was taken from N. Waite Court, next to the fenced parking lot behind (just north of) the Chips 'N Salsa shop at 225 East Broadway in Long Beach. This view looks directly South, ending at the Breakers Hotel (210 East Ocean Blvd.) at the south end of N. Waite Court. This little restaurant is one-half block west of Long Beach Blvd. on Broadway. Photo courtesy David Zaitz.

Click on map at right to see exact location. On the map you will note something weird: in the modern photo, near the Breakers Hotel, on the left side of Waite Court, you can see a tall office building with the words, "International City Bank" written across the top. But on the Google satellite image at right, that bank building appears to be about 10 feet tall. That is because all tall buildings on Google satellite images appear flat until Google pastes in photos that better represent their true height. Somehow they missed the bank. Also note that on the map "Long Beach" is referring to the name of the city, not the name of the street. That is Ocean street that runs in front of the Breakers Hotel.

Long Beach

2. Stairs at end of final chase scene. Same location as above. One-half block west of Long Beach Blvd. at Broadway, Long Beach. Photo courtesy David Zaitz. Long Beach

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Oxnard

 
1. Spencer Tracy tries to hide in Oxnard. The garage that Tracy tried to park in was located at the south end of Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, California. The garages have been replaced by a public building (restrooms, etc.) at what is now called Kiddie Beach Park. The upper picture was taken in 2009 by Ron Kawal. The camera was not aimed in exactly the same direction as the movie camera, but at least three houses that were there when It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was produced can still be identified in the modern photo. And, if the photographer turns around and takes pictures in the opposite direction, as in the next photo, below, another two houses are clearly still there today. Oxnard
2. Spencer Tracy arrives at south end of Victoria Avenue in Oxnard, Calif. Ron Kawal says: The end of the concrete wall on the left is covered by a rock jetty now, just to the left of the pinkish cement block wall in the top photo. Note that the box-like house on the right has changed very little. Oxnard
3. Google map of south end of Victoria Avenue in Oxnard. Comments by Ron Kawal. This is a large photo so expect to wait for it to download. Oxnard
  4. Panorama of end of Victoria Street. Click to enlarge. Oxnard

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Kernville Location

Kern River
1. Phil Silvers driving into Kern River. Mountains in background clearly match modern photos taken by Ron Kawal in 2009.  
2. Phil Silvers driving into Kern River. Mountains in background clearly match modern photos taken by Ron Kawal in 2009.  Kernville
3. Phil Silvers drives toward river in 1946-1948 Ford convertible. Skylines match 2009 photo. GPS coordinates: 35 43' 57.06" N  --  118 24' 50.28" W. Kernville
4. Ron says: "I think this [see photo] is the gully shown on Google Earth [maps]. When the little boy waved "Bye" he was in a different position off to the left of this shot. Kernville
5. Google map showing where Phil Silvers tried to drive his 1946-1948 Ford convertible across the Kern River. Red arrow points to exact crossing point. This location is approximately 1/2 mile west of the Kern Valley Airport, which is three miles south of Kernville, CA and 55 miles northeast of Bakersfield. When the water is high in Lake Isabella, this part of the Kern River is under water. All photos and information about this location are courtesy of Ron Kawal. Kernville
6. On this photo Ron Kawal says: I think that the attempted crossing was exactly here, because I think this is the gully that is visible in the other attached movie photo. The little boy was here in the attached movie shot, but here in the waving "Bye" shot. Kernville
7. Ron comments on this photo: Here is the house with the dog. I was in this area to take the photos. Wish I would have taken more. Kernville

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Published Locations and Schedule

In 1963, when IAMMMMW was produced, a press booklet was printed to promote the film and to be sold to premier viewers. The first few weeks of production, the booklet says, were spent in Palm Springs where the temperature was 115 degrees in the shade most days. The booklet continues:

"While the company headquartered and spent the nights at the posh Riviera and Biltmore Hotels in the heart of Palm Springs -- where they did have air-conditioning, swimming pools and tall iced things -- it ranged over thousands of square miles in the Coachella and adjacent desert valleys for its shooting sites. Near Cathedral City, Jimmy Durante "died" in a meteorlike crash when his car leaped off a mountainside into a hole lined with volcanic effluvia. In Palm Desert, Jonathan Winters, Arnold Stang and Marvin Kaplan destroyed a gas station in a free-for-all fight of Olympian proportions. In 29 Palms, Caesar, Miss Adams and Ben Blue soared off, from a dustpile airport, in a 1916 model bi-plane [According to Ed Solter, it was a 1918 Scout, owned by Tallmantz]. In Yucca Valley, Berle, Miss Merman, Miss Provine and Terry-Thomas engaged in day-long foot and auto chases. And in an area so isolated and sun-blotched that it has no name, Phil Silvers was trapped in an abandoned mine."

The list continues on the next two pages:

"For the next ten weeks, Kramer spun his "World" through a series of day locations in nearby beach and San Fernando Valley areas, interspersed with occasional short sessions on the studio sound stages. Switching from outdoors to indoors was a schedule juggling necessitated by the need to complete work with certain stars so they could report for Fall commitments...."

"The company's cavalcade of personnel, equipment and personalities shot their way through Long Beach, Oxnard, Santa Monica, Malibu, San Pedro, Palos Verdes, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Santa Rosa, Tustin and Santa Ana. In most of the cities the main streets were the sites of filming, in some the airports. In Palos Verdes, however, a most remarkable set was constructed, a 2-acre park which looked as if it had been there forever. Before Kramer's  crafty construction specialists arrived it had been a dreary, shale-covered promontory overlooking the Pacific. When the cameras rolled it was a grassy dell of flowers, shrubbery and 70 towering, full-grown sago and fan palms. The transformation cost $40,000; the view of Catalina Island, 20 miles across the water, came free. Two weeks were spent here, then the company returned to the studio for the final setting in which all the stars would work together, the orthopoedic ward of a police hospital."

There was one other distant location in which only Phil Silvers performed -- the town of Kernville, 200 miles away and deep in a canyon of the High Sierra. Here Silvers drove his car across what he thought would be a ford in the rushing Kern River. It wasn't. The car and the actor went straight down. It was a very funny scene. Nobody knew, until after standby frogmen had pulled him to shore, that Silvers is probably the only male adult resident of Beverly Hills who can't swim."

"'Kramer Park' -- a backlot square block at Revue Studios and a surrounding complex of streets and buildings -- saw the last ten days of production. It was a meticulously planned chaos involving, each day, 2,000 extras, 200 bit players, a phalanx of stuntmen, snorting special effects machinery, fire engines, police cars, cranes, derricks, pile drivers and tornado-producing wind-machines which blew hundreds of thousands of pieces of funny-money over the monumental scramble. Men fell from buildings and fire ladders onto power lines, into palm tree tops, through pedestrian bridges into lily ponds, onto picnic tables and into the arms of statues."

"At 3:30 p.m., December 6, Spencer Tracy was hurled through the door of a pet shop in the square and as he lay battered on the floor a half-dozen dogs, startled and curious, licked his face. It was the final scene."

"The World had been created."

"It has required 166 shooting days, during a period of seven-and-a-half months, and 636,000 feet of exposed Technicolor film. It had required millions of dollars."

The world premier of the movie was November 7, 1963 at the Warner Hollywood Cinerama Theater.

 

 

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This web page created and maintained by Gerry Chudleigh, resident of Newbury Park, CA since 1988. If you have information about these airport scenes, especially the ones I have not identified, please write to me.

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