• Here’s a treat for all you It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World superfans. In this new video, photographed and edited by Mad World aficionados George Ann Muller and Paul Scrabo, you can see all the major California locations from Stanley Kramer’s megacomedy as they currently look, alongside the corresponding images from the film. Start your engines.

32 comments

  • By Rich Blatt
    January 25, 2014
    11:48 AM

    Thanks again, Paul, for letting me have a chance to watch this wonderful video last year in person at the screenings.
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  • By Dan Moore
    January 26, 2014
    05:04 PM

    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for your time and effort in putting this together. A pleasure to watch and obviously a labor of love.
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    • By Paul Scrabo
      February 08, 2014
      09:33 PM

      Thank you so much, Dan.
  • By Chris Bidlack
    January 26, 2014
    06:30 PM

    Excellent, and very much worth the time it took to create for your viewers. Much appreciated! (My Criterion edition of Mad Mad World arrived Friday-- spent the entire weekend exploring and experiencing the Bluray disks. Halfway through them lat this point, and in totally enthralled with the content!) Paul- I'm also a big fan of your Rosita Beach MMW Podcast. Thanks for all the hard work!
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    • By Paul Scrabo
      February 08, 2014
      09:35 PM

      Thank you so much, Chris. I am merging the Rosita podcast inot my Aspect Ratio podcast. I hope to set it up soon. THANK YOU so much for your kind words! Paul
  • By Hereward P.
    January 27, 2014
    12:57 PM

    Thousand Oaks: most changed.
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  • By Leonard_Shelby
    January 27, 2014
    01:08 PM

    Is this in the Bonus Features? Please say it is.
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  • By Simone
    January 27, 2014
    01:22 PM

    This is an incredible tribute to an incredible film. Thank you!
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  • By Robert Sime
    January 27, 2014
    02:13 PM

    This is a wonderful document, which must have taken a lot of time and trouble to compile. It's unwitting testimony to the effects of post-Reagan runaway capitalism towards the end, with the suburbanisation of what were once the rural fringes of LA (as well as the huge growth of traffic!), and the destruction of so many fine buildings in the more central parts.
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  • By michael malone
    January 27, 2014
    04:44 PM

    great work. but, please -we need to see brando's 'one eyed jacks' on criterion!!!
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  • By ron kawal
    January 28, 2014
    02:45 PM

    There are over 1400 comparison photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/111293404383775855107/ItSAMadMadMadMadWorld
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  • By Tom Cacy
    January 29, 2014
    12:01 PM

    Great job - just downloaded the movie on my Kindel Fire and have watched it again twice in the past two days. I smiled throughout the entire 3:51 of your video. Thanks
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  • By Paul Scrabo
    January 29, 2014
    04:20 PM

    Thank you all for the nice comments. We are grateful for Criterion for posting the video. Locations expert Ron Kawal pointed out a few errors we may have made, but we did try to get as close as we could! Check Ron's Picasa page (listed in his message above) for an even more in-depth look at locations!
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  • By Mark Silverstein
    February 01, 2014
    07:20 PM

    Love this movie(saw the roadshow at Warner Cinerama Theatre in NYC in '63). And love the Criterion set. But did anyone experience poor left-channel audio on the blu ray 197-min disc as I did?
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  • By NealTwyford
    February 02, 2014
    04:57 PM

    Terrific memory jogger. I worked in Thousand Oaks in the late'60s and early '70s. The airport was located in area known as Hill Canyon. The "rural road" they are careening through is the old Highway101.
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    • By Paul Scrabo
      February 08, 2014
      09:31 PM

      Hi Neal, Yeah, there is a mountain called Adventist Hill, I think, that I had to find for the background. There is a rear projection shot in the film where the tow truck is coming from the 101 exit. The raod seems to be a dead end now.
  • By Kinopanorama Widescreen
    February 02, 2014
    11:45 PM

    The more things change the more they stay the same. Great fun.
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  • By Michael F. Nyiri
    February 08, 2014
    11:18 AM

    Thank your for this. I just got finished watching the film on MGM HD. The Criterion Collection Blu Ray should arrive next week.Just did a search for the filming locations and came upon this. One of my favorite movies of all time. And every time I watch it, I can't stop laughing.
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  • By Phil D
    March 26, 2014
    05:45 AM

    Thanks for showing all of us super fans these great before and after scenes! Great to see that time and progress still haven't really changed many of these iconic shoot locations.
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  • By Brendan Mahony
    April 11, 2014
    05:56 PM

    Kind of sad. Nothing stays the same. Progress? Thanks! Micky and Sid and Jonathan will join the rest. Are any left?
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  • By Richard Noonan
    June 04, 2014
    11:40 PM

    That was a very nice tribute to the Movie. Was just watching it today and was sadden by how many have passed on to the great studio in the sky. Sadly only a few are still with us. I think when Mickey Rooney passed away a few months ago that only left 4 or 5 players still with us. :( But none of the Main Cast. Carl Riner and Jerry Lewis are the Biggest still with us and I think that Marve Kaplin and his Brother are still with us as well.
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  • By Abe Schwarz
    June 17, 2014
    02:56 AM

    Thanks a million for the effort. I've seen the film at least 5 or 6 times. Today, if they tried to make a movie with ten star comedians, it would be a disaster with ten cameos. Here they succeeded in making one of the funniest films ever, with each master contributing his own different style, from the loudmouth Ethel Merman to the quiet wink and smirk of the inimitable Spencer Tracy. Just interested. How did you get the exact locations? Was it simply hard work, or did you have some inside help?
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  • By Karl Turner
    July 25, 2014
    08:19 AM

    Very sad seeing what's left of 'The Big W'..... Still the greatest movie ever made!
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