It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Filming Locations

  * Note: Many thanks to Ron Kawal and his masterful work.
 

Location #1: Santa Rosita Police Department

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At 600 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, California, United States


Location #2: Ray & Irwin Garage

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Near Palm Desert, California, United States



Location #3: Hardware store — and the corner

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Near North Waite Court & East 5th Street, Long Beach, California, United States


Note from the Webmaster: Back then, 5th Street intersected with Locust Avenue, and the area looked much different. The buildings were razed.


Location #4: Airbase / The landing

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This was the defunct Rancho Conejo Airport in Thousand Oaks, California, United States



Location #5: Coming close

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Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, California, United States

20 thoughts on “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Filming Locations

  1. Doug

    Is location number 7 gone? My wife and I tried tracking it down today but can find no sign of it? Also the location of the big W is listed as being opened as a museum, but I’ve gotten no response to many many phone calls trying to arrange a visit. Any thoughts?

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    1. Dave Blitz

      Unfortunately It’s a private residence and the owners got tired of requests to view the property. I wouldn’t hold my breath in getting a return call.

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  2. ron

    when I visited there, I could not get in….there was no response from the owners whom a wrote a letter to.
    I had to use Google Earth and Street View to get details. See my Google albums iammmmw and Its A Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World.
    Ron Kawal Google Photos.
    ron@kawal.net

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  3. Dixie

    The spot I’d like to know about is the one where jimmy durrante “ goes sailing right off”. What highway and spot? Does anyone know?
    Greatest movie ever made!

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    1. William Bloomhuff

      Highway 74 above Palm Desert California. in fact the first 40 minutes is shot on that road. I know this because I take it all the time and I live in Palm Desert

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  4. antonio.b

    Does anyone know what that pink/cream building centered in the bottom photo of #14 is? The one at the intersection between East Ocean Boulevard and South Linden Avenue. I can’t find any info on it anywhere.

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