Road Scenes from "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1962)
Last modified June 2010

From the film's opening credits: "Our thanks and apologies to the following California communities: Agoura, Kernville, Long Beach, Malibu, Oxnard, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palo Verde Estates, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Twentynine Palms, Universal City, Yucca Valley".

***Many thanks to all that have helped locate scene locations***

Click here for current views of some of the scenes below


This stunt was probably done in the vicinity of CA133 and the not-yet-built I-405.
Gerry Chudleigh's page on the IAMMMMW airport scenes (Newbury Park, California)

Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Yucca Valley
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Opening scene. CA 74, 7 Level Hill near Palm Desert. 2006 view.
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CA 74, 7 Level Hill

CA 74, 7 Level Hill. Thanks to Dave Woodman for the 2009 shot.

CA 74, Seven Level Hill. Thanks to Joe Westerberg for the 2007 shot.

CA 74, 7 level hill south of Palm Desert. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.

Bob Hope Drive north of Frank Sinatra Drive. 2006 view.

Looking west on CA 62 at Colaw Rd, across from the 29 Palms airport. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.

Looking east on CA 62 at Colaw Rd, across from the 29 Palms airport. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.

Westbound CA 74 (going south), near Bel Air Rd, Palm Desert. 1962 and 2009 shots.
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Westbound CA 74 (looking south) just south of Bel Air Road, Palm Desert.
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Westbound CA 74 (looking south) just south of Bel Air Road, Palm Desert

A couple hundred miles to the northwest, the Kern River in Kernville (Lake Isabella area).
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CA 247 a few miles north of Yucca Valley, northbound near Pipes Canyon Road. 2003 view
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CA 247 about 5 miles north of Yucca Valley, southbound near Pipes Canyon Road. 2003 view
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SW corner, CA 62 @ Kickapoo Tr, Yucca Valley. Now a 7-11. 2000 view
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Worsley Rd (old CA 62) near N. Palm Springs. 2003 view
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CA62 at Balsa Ave, Yucca Valley. 2000 view

N. from 29 Palms Hwy at Acoma Trail in Yucca Valley. 2000 view

"Your baby's coming to get you!" The car is going north on Mesquite Springs Road in 29 Palms, and is airborne as it crosses Twomile road. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.
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Bob Hope Drive at Ramon Rd just south of I-10. 2006 view.

Ray & Irwin's Gas Station. SE side of CA 74 at Indian Hills Drive in Palm Desert, near the bottom of the 7 Level Grade.

  


"He just went sailing out there." Paving the ramp for the opening scene car jump. Thanks to Paul Scrabo for obtaining this shot.


Kernville (Lake Isabella)
South of Kernville, off to the west of the Kern Valley Airport, on the northeast end of the lake, between Sierra Way and Burlando Road.
Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot and the map.



Soledad Canyon Road Tunnel near Canyon Country (Santa Clarita)
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Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.
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Agoura and Calabasas area
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Mulholland / Valley Circle at 101 near Calabasas.
2004 view of this location.
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101 expressway near Agoura, looking west from Chesebro Road

US 101 southbound near Liberty Canyon Rd, bottom shot was taken in 2009.

Rondell Rd (now Liberty Canyon) just off the 101 expwy. Truck is turning onto the then Agoura Rd (now Vendell – which is now blocked off). Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2010 shot.

Gas station, 99 miles of fwy sign. Corner of Cornell and Roadside Dr, southwest of the 101/Kanan Rd interchange. The Mobil station is current site of the Wood Ranch BBQ. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2010 shot.

Vendell Rd veering off to the left from Agoura Rd, near US 101 and Liberty Canyon Rd. Thanks to David Zaitz for the present day shot

Mulholland @ Las Virgenes. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shot.
  
Mulholland @ Las Virgenes. Thanks to R.L. Harrison for a reproduction of the lower sign.

California Incline, Santa Monica (click photos for a comparison with 2007, thanks to Joe Mistretta for the 2007 images)



  
The building shown, on the east side of PCH just north of the California Incline, is no longer there. A note from the Pacific Palisades Historical Society “…the building appears to be the Gables. It was to be a huge and ornate Gothic structure. It was started in 1929 and soon ran out of money. Only the parking garage was built. In the late 1960's the City demolished most of the structure but left one wall intact to keep up the slope.” Another view here.

Malibu

PCH @ Corral & Solstice Cyn, Malibu (the 76 station has moved to the other side of Corral Cyn Rd)

PCH (note Alt US101 sign) at Puerco Canyon Road, Malibu. Puerco Canyon Rd no longer goes south of PCH.

PCH at Puerco Canyon Road. This segment, which connected Malibu Road to PCH, is gone.

Malibu Rd near PCH, Malibu.

Channel Islands Harbor near Oxnard
South end of Victoria Avenue. Thanks to Ron Kawal for the 2009 shots.





Long Beach
Map of downtown Long Beach from 1964 showing the pontoon bridge, along with the Rainbow Pier and the Pike (all gone now).
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Long Beach pontoon bridge (replaced by the Gerald Desmond Bridge) that used to connect Ocean Blvd and Terminal Island.
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Long Beach pontoon bridge.
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Long Beach pontoon bridge (at the left is the "Herman the German" crane in the L.B. Naval Shipyard)
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Ocean Blvd @ Pine (old Pike Amusement Park in the background)

Rainbow Pier and the Pike

Ocean Blvd @ Linden, in 2009 in the bottom shot.

Long Beach Blvd @ 10th St, Long Beach

Long Beach Bl between 9th & 10th St, L.B. (the old house is still there)

Long Beach Blvd @ 9th St, Long Beach
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Looking east on 7th St, a little east of Atlantic Blvd in Long Beach.
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Broadway (with the Edison Bldg. in the background) at Elm, Long Beach

Imperial Hardware at 5th and Locust. It was torn down and now is the location of a WalMart.

Long Beach Blvd @ 6th St, Long Beach, in front of the YMCA building (not in this view and since torn down) that stood in for the Police Station in the movie.

Long Beach Blvd near 6th St, Long Beach

On the roof with the ornamental seashells. This is the Insurance Exchange Building at 201 E. Broadway, which has been converted into lofts

Alley off Long Beach Blvd south of Broadway. Thanks to David Zaitz for the present day shot.

Alley off Long Beach Blvd south of Broadway. Thanks to David Zaitz for the present day shot.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

The actual park site of "Santa Rosita State Park" was the grounds of a private residence at Portuguese Point in Rancho Palos Verdes, just south of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. The parking lot sequences were shot at Peck Park in San Pedro (Western & Summerland, back end of the driveway), with a façade standing in for the gate.

Peck Park site: Click photos below for a comparison with 2009, Thanks to David Zaitz for the present day shots.

Peck Park, San Pedro.

Peck Park, San Pedro.

Peck Park, San Pedro.

Peck Park, San Pedro.
2003 view of the Big W location.
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