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Filming locations of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”
1450 camera and scene comparison shots photographed over a 3 year period.

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Written by: Ron Kawal Date: 13.10.2016
Smilers Hill shows my blue folder with screen shot prints leaning on the rock where Smiler ‘died’. Picture by Ron Kawal

In 2009, I was watching the first part of
“It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” when I stated I knew where the ‘desert road’ going down the mountain was filmed. I thought it was Hwy S22 (The Montezuma Valley Rd) going down into Borrego Springs, California.

So I went to Google Street View to find out that I was wrong. What began as a search for the road (I found that it was Hwy 74 – the Pines to Palms Hwy), ended up making me wonder where other scenes were filmed. It turned into a hobby, as it took three years to find most (almost all) of the locations of each scene – including the camera locations. I drove to every one; some several times.

The first “Mad World” Album maxed out at 999 photos, so I started another album, which included new scenes, plus BluRay frames which showed more information. Two additional Albums showed scenes which I could not ‘solve’.

For people who like the movie, I think these albums are the best one source for location information. Other web sites have referred to them, and I have been trying to advertise them (for free naturally).

The first one
The second one
The third one
The fourth one
 
More in 70mm reading:

Me and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - a 50 year Love Story.

The Roadshow Engagements of "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" - It's A Long Long Long Long List

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