Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Another It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World heads-up

Back in October 2012 when Spencer Tracy was TCM's Star of the Month, they ran It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as part of the salute. Unfortunately, the running time was only listed as 159 minutes, which implies it's a cut version. In the past, TCM had been running what I think was the roadshow version, with an overture, intermission music, and exit music, and well as one scene that's not in the 159-minute version; IMDb lists the "original version" as 192 minutes, which I think is about how long the print TCM used to run that had the overture et al. ran.

Well, TCM is showing It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World again tonight as part of its salute to slapstick, and once again it's the 159-minute version, with a short coming up at 10:44 PM. The next feature, The Great Race, begins at 11:15 PM, so just in case TCM does get the ~190-minute print, they'd probably have just enough time to run it.

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