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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World – Then & Now

An evening pause: A fun look at the outdoor locations shot for the 1963 movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and how they look today. It is actually surprising how little change has occurred at so many of these places.

Hat tip Wayne Devette.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Kevin R.

    We saw that in a theater just a couple of years ago. It really is a fun movie.

  • MDN

    The static wind turbines in the modern Palm Springs clip are a hilarious reflection on today’s green movement.
    : )

    The loss of the big “W” palms is very sad, with just an angled stump remaining.
    : (

  • Jay

    No one calls it 29 Palms, it’s 29 Stumps.

  • born01930

    Every location was much more verdant than in the past.

  • wayne

    Good deal!
    It’s sorta the “The Longest Day,” for comedy films. (in that it has a “cast of thousands.”)

    I noticed both those things myself, excellent eye!

    Great word!
    I’m going to incorporate that (“verdant”) into my daily speech!

    This is worth a view– focuses on “Hogan’s Heroes,” but gives a good overview of the “40 acre’s back-lot,” home of Mayberry RFD, Gomer Pyle, and the Andy Griffith show. Not to mention the outside scenes from the Star Trek episode “Miri.”
    Sold in 1976 and turned into office building’s.

    Culver City; Desilu Studios “40 Acre’s back-lot”

  • janyuary

    BORN01930 … I noticed that too! I’m first-hand familiar with pretty much every place in that video and a whole lot of the state where it was filmed … I finally recognized that the reasons those places were so much more verdant (other than the mature trees) is because the later pictures were taken in the spring!

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