It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Neglected Films No.16: ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World’

1963’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was not well received in England. It was just too…American for repressed UK critics who were okay with Elia Kazan movies but not Technicolor fare. Had they bothered to look beneath the surface they’d have found something a whole lot darker. The film was unashamedly populist. It […]

Christmas Movies 4: Lost Innocence

As anyone who has read my memoir ‘Paperboy’ knows, I had an unhealthy obsession with this film at the age of ten. The audio clip ‘Terry-Thomas & Milton Berle’ sums up the once prevailing UK attitude to the US, as Thomas gives Berle a piece of his mind before getting thumped, and the fan trailer […]