MORE OF MONICA & MELVILLE CRUMP
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While the Big W was a mystery to the treasure seekers in IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, equally puzzling was the music track titled "The Big W" for listeners of the original motion picture score album.
This delightful track contained a section of music not heard in the film -
at least not in the edited version we've been familiar with all these years.
But in 1991, while viewing the 70mm trims that we hoped to use for some sort of Stanley Kramer authorized special edition version of the film, I finally heard that section of Ernest Gold's score.
In my head, that is, for it was one of the damaged clips without a soundtrack.
My jaw dropped when Monica Crump twirled around three times. This had to be the scene containing
the playful passage heard on the album, and her trip over the park bench was timed perfectly as well.
Using 1) the second draft screenplay 2) blowing up the transfer to attempt to read lips, and 3) lining up the music from the album, (filling in the balance with some previously used cues) we attempted to put some sort of soundtrack to this silent trim, so MAD WORLD fans may enjoy a bit more of Monica and Melville.
We know it can't be perfect, but we think we did pretty good.
The first frame of this trim revealed the last frame of Captain Culpepper walking past Benjamin and Bell.
Assuming that this was where the scene played originally,
I've begun this presentation with the tail end of that sequence.
You may notice that this 70mm trim was rectified for a curved screen projection.
Also, the color has gone completely wacky, resulting in a montage of hues.
While much of MAD WORLD'S cut footage consisted of "entrances and exits" of scenes ( as told to me by editor Robert Jones), this is one scene (along, in my opinion, with Lennie Pike's humanizing monologue on what he would do with his share of the loot) that I feel is truly wonderful. Edie Adams is at her adorable best here, and we see that Monica could be her own woman, and go with her gut feelings even if she falls flat!
FILL-IN VOICES
Monica: George Ann Muller
Melville: yours truly