50th Anniversary Celebration of IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD Set for Today
The 50th Anniversary screening and celebration of Stanley Kramer's "IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD" which opened The Cinerama Dome 50 years ago, will take place today, October 27th, which will be declared "IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD DAY" in Los Angeles.
Celebrities and VIPS to attend (as of October 24, 2013):
- Barrie Chase (Sylvester Marcus' girlfriend in the Original Cast of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, World;" Providing for photo ops the Manuel Pertegaz designer ball gown and I. Magnis fur she wore to World Premiere of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at the Pacific's Cinerama Theatre on November 7, 1963)
- Stan Freberg (Deputy Sheriff in the Original Cast of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" with his wife, Hunter Freberg
- Marvin Kaplan (Irwin in the Original Cast of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)
- Mickey Rooney (Ding Bell in the Original Cast of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World") with his son, Mark Rooney and daughter-in-law, Charlene Rooney
- Karen Sharpe Kramer (Mrs. Stanley Kramer, Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated Actress)
- Katharine "Kat" Kramer (Former Miss Golden Globe, Daughter of Stanley Kramer and Karen Sharpe Kramer, Producer of Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World)
- Danelle Dadigan (Founder and President, The Hollywood Museum and the José Iturbi Foundation and Chairperson of the Hollywood Historic Trust; Providing Dummies from the Hollywood Museum of cast members used in the penultimate scene from the film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" for the event)
- Dummies (Live and In-Person, the Original Dummies used in the penultimate scene of Stanley Kramer's film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" will make personal appearances, for The First Time ever, at this event, courtesy of the Hollywood Museum, which is where they currently reside.)
- Councilmember Tom LaBonge (Los Angeles Council District 4)
- Jeff Garlin (Emmy Award-nominee, "The Goldbergs," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Arrested Development;" Moderator of Q&A with Original Film Cast Members, prior to the 50th Anniversary Screening of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World")
- Lisa Hackett (The daughter of the late Buddy Hackett who played the role of "Benjy" Benjamin in "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World;" Oversees Hackett.tv and Hackett Entertainment, Inc.)
- Jonathan Josell (Representing the Cinerama Dome and Mission Control; Designer of the new "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" permanent exhibit in the lobby of the Cinerama Dome)
- Barry Maiten (Owner, Classic Cars by Barry Maiten; Providing Classic Police Cars for the event)
- Kimberly Rodriguez (Attending the event on behalf of Mayor Eric Garcetti)
- Karen Stetler (Producer for The Criterion Collection)
- Gary Takasian (Director of "Teach Your Children Well")
- Steven Whiddon (Hollywood Field Deputy, Office of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, District 13)
- Dave Woodman (Artist who created the 50th Anniversary Logo for the film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World")
- Vlad Yudin (Critically acclaimed director of the feature documentary, "Generation Iron;" "Last Day of Summer")
The 50th Anniversary Screening and Celebration of Stanley Kramer's film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and the 50th Anniversary of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA where the film received its World Premiere opening the venue on November 7, 1963.
Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard (located between Ivar Street and Vine Street), Hollywood, CA 90028
Sunday, October 27, 2013
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Celebrity and VIP Arrivals, Interview and Photo Ops and Presentations of Proclamations and Certificates declaring October 27, 2013 "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Day" in Los Angeles presented by The City of Los Angeles from the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and Councilmember Tom LaBonge.
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.: Unveiling of new permanent "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" Exhibit in the lobby.
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.: Audience files into the Cinerama Dome Theatre.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Actor and Comedian Jeff Garlin moderates Q&A with Original Cast Members of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.: The Official 50th Anniversary Screening of Stanley Kramer's film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in the very theatre where the film was born 50 years ago.
Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Screening of Stanley Kramer's 154 minute film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at the Cinerama Dome, 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard (located between Ivar Street and Vine Street), Hollywood, CA 90028 on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. are $16.00 each for Adults and $14.75 each for Seniors. Parking is $3 for four hours in the parking garages located on Ivar Street. Buy tickets online at www.arclightcinemas.com, then clicking on News, and then Promotions. For further information, please call the Cinerama Dome Box Office 323-464-1478, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. To learn more about Stanley Kramer Centennial activities, of which this is one, please visit the website, www.stanleykramer100.com.
Madness will reign supreme on Sunday, October 27, 2013 as the historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA continues their 50th Anniversary celebration by presenting the film that started it all, Stanley Kramer's madcap epic comic caper, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, " which received it's World Premiere on November 7, 1963 at what was then called Pacific's Cinerama Theatre 50 years ago.
In an homage to the penultimate scene of the film, original stars from the movie, including Mickey Rooney, Barrie Chase, Marvin Kaplan and Stan Freberg, will arrive via 1960's classic police cars provided by car collector Barry Maiten.
The shenanigans will get underway at 3:00 p.m. with Celebrity and VIP Arrivals on Sunday, October 27th as "Mad World" film fans from around the country descend upon the Cinerama Dome to witness the spectacle. Officials from the City of Los Angeles, including Kimberly Rodriguez, who will attending the event on behalf of the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti; Steven Whiddon, Field Deputy for Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Los Angeles Council District 13; and Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Council District 4, will be on hand to declare October 27, 2013 "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Day" in the City of Los Angeles and to present certificates of congratulations to the Cinerama Dome, as well as to members of Stanley Kramer's family, including his wife, the Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actress, Karen Sharpe Kramer and the Kramer's daughter, Katharine "Kat" Kramer. Lisa Hackett, daughter of the late Buddy Hackett, will also be in attendance.
Barrie Chase, who appeared in the original film will have her Manuel Pertegaz designer ball gown and I. Magnis fur which she wore at the original World Premiere of the film on display as at the event, and for The First Time ever, appearing live and in-person, courtesy of the Hollywood Museum (where they currently reside), will be the Original Dummies used in the penultimate scene of Stanley Kramer's film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Original Posters and One-Sheets from the film will also be on display.
Once everyone is in place and settled down, guests will proceed to the lobby of the Cinerama Dome for the Official Unveiling of a new permanent lobby exhibit created by Jonathan Josell in tribute to Stanley Kramer's "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," after which a Q&A, prior to the screening of the film, will be held with original cast members moderated by actor and comedian, Jeff Garlin (Emmy Awardâ-nominee, "The Goldbergs," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Arrested Development"). After a special message from Sid Caesar is read, the screening of the film will get underway at 5:00 p.m.
The film, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was produced and directed by the late award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Kramer. This is event is also in celebration of Stanley Kramer's current Centennial Celebration of his birth, as well as part of a celebration marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cinerama Dome.
Spencer Tracy leads an all-star cast as Captain T.G. Culpepper in a madcap pursuit of $350,000 in stolen cash pursued by colorful group of strangers, including: Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike; Buddy Hackett as "Benjy" Benjamin; Mickey Rooney as Ding Bell; Edie Adams as Monica Crump; Sid Caesar as Melville Crump; Milton Berle as J. Russell Finch; Ethel Merman as Mrs. Marcus; Dorothy Provine as Emmeline Marcus; Phil Silvers as Otto Meyer; Dick Shawn as Sylvester Marcus; Terry-Thomas as Lt. Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne; Jimmy Durante as "Smiler" Grogan, Peter Falk as a Third Cab Driver; Barrie Chase as Sylvester Marcus' girlfriend, and cameo appearances by Stan Freberg as Deputy Sheriff; Marvin Kaplan as Irwin; Andy Levine as the Sheriff of Crockett County; Jack Benny as man driving a Maxwell offering help in the desert; Joe E. Brown as the union official giving a speech at a construction site; Leo Gorcey as First Cab Driver; Zazu Pitts as Gertie the Switchboard Operator; Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson as Second Cab Driver; Jim Backus as Tyler Fitzgerald; Buster Keaton as Jimmy the Crook - Culpeper's boatman crony; Don Knotts as the nervous motorist; Carl Reiner as the Rancho Conejo airport tower controller; Jerry Lewis as the motorist who runs over Culpeper's hat; The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Joe DeRita) as Rancho Conejo Airport firemen and The Shirelles singing "31 Flavors" in Sylvester's home scene (voices only).
The original World Premiere of the movie was held on November 7, 1963 was attended by bevy of notables including Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife at the time, Joan Kennedy, as well as by Senator Robert Kennedy and Ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevensen II. President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy were also slated to attend as well, but didn't make it, as they had plans to be in Dallas, TX later that month.