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The Great Race (1-Jul-1965)

Director: Blake Edwards

Writers: Blake Edwards; Arthur Ross

Music by: Henry Mancini

Producer: Martin Jurow

Keywords: Comedy, Auto Racing

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tony Curtis
3-Jun-1925 29-Sep-2010 Some Like It Hot
Peter Falk
16-Sep-1927 23-Jun-2011 Detective Columbo
Marvin Kaplan
24-Jan-1927 25-Aug-2016 Henry on Alice
Jack Lemmon
8-Feb-1925 27-Jun-2001 The Odd Couple
George Macready
29-Aug-1908 2-Jul-1973 Paths of Glory
Ross Martin
22-Mar-1920 3-Jul-1981 Artemus Gordon on Wild Wild West
Arthur O'Connell
29-Mar-1908 18-May-1981 Anatomy of a Murder
Dorothy Provine
20-Jan-1937 25-Apr-2010 The Roaring 20's
Denver Pyle
11-May-1920 25-Dec-1997 Jesse Duke on Dukes of Hazzard
Hal Smith
24-Aug-1916 28-Jan-1994 Prolific voice actor
Larry Storch
8-Jan-1923   Corporal Agarn on F Troop
Vivian Vance
26-Jul-1909 17-Aug-1979 Ethel on I Love Lucy
Natalie Wood
20-Jul-1938 29-Nov-1981 Rebel Without A Cause
Keenan Wynn
27-Jul-1916 14-Oct-1986 Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove


Jack Lemmon   ...   Prof. Fate
Tony Curtis   ...   The Great Leslie
Natalie Wood   ...   Maggie Dubois
Peter Falk   ...   Max
Keenan Wynn   ...   Hezekiah
Guest Stars
Arthur O'Connell   ...   Henry Goodbody
Vivian Vance   ...   Hester Goodbody
Dorothy Provine   ...   Lily Olay
Larry Storch   ...   Texas Jack
Ross Martin   ...   Rolfe von Stuppe
George Macready   ...   Gen. Kuhster
Marvin Kaplan   ...   Frisbee
Hal Smith   ...   Mayor of Boracho
Denver Pyle   ...   Sheriff
William Bryant   ...   Baron's Guard
Ken Wales   ...   Baron's Guard


Review by G Reynolds (posted on 13-Apr-2008)

This movie was one of those really fine "race" movies popular in the early to mid 1960s; others were "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" and its glorious sequel known as "Those Magnificent Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies." It is hard to believe how long ago this film came out. I saw it when I was 11 years of age, with my brother who was 14 at the time. Our folks dropped us off (at a theater they found in a phone book in a city we had never been to before) and they came back when it was over -- that would probably be considered "child endangerment" now, but back then it was quite normal and quite safe. Besides, we had "street smarts" enough to get us by, and we were much more sensible and more trustworthy than children of that age living in the present day. The scene I remember best was sort of a "food fight" scene, with scores and scores of people getting themselves quite nastily messed up with large amounts of flying whatever-it-was, and with Tony Curtis sauntering about in the midst of the mayhem wearing a white shirt and white pullover sweater, white pants, white shoes and a magnificently aloof expression on his face and not a speck of anything on him, up until the very moment that he took a direct hit square in the face with whatever-it-was that everyone else had been tossing about for several minutes. This movie is one I think of whenever I think of just how much times have changed in the last several decades. There were of course many things wrong with America then, but then again we never locked our doors and no one knew what a "terrorist" was. Kids went to school and did their homework, none of us knew anyone who had ever been in jail, and AIDS hadn't been invented yet. If you want a perfect family film, pick this one up, along with the others at the top of this review. Enjoy!

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