It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Location Hunt

James / May 12th, 2011

Recently while in California, I hunted down some of the locations from my favorite film and lived a dream to visit the holy grail of cinema, the Big W, and to discover whatever may remain of it.



  • Ed Ground

    May 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Haven’t you done one of these before? Maybe it was just pictures. I do remember something about it.

    • DragonoftheEastblue

      January 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      He did a Rocky one and A Night of the Living Dead one.

  • HeavyMetalFan420

    May 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    this is sweet! i love ur location hunts! keep up the great work James!!

  • Basalisk

    May 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I thought your favorite movie was “Be Kind Rewind”. It seems to suit y

  • Basalisk

    May 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    ou better.

    (sry, comment got cut off)

  • rottenseed

    May 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My grandfather (who recently died) used to watch this movie with me. Thanks for the location hunts behind the fond memories.

  • TomM

    May 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Your location hunts are really awesome. Thanks for making this video. I can’t imagine how excited your fans were to invite you to see the Big W. I know I’d shit my pants with the awesomeness of it all.

  • Ghostie

    May 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    waitwaitwaitwaitwai…. you have a wife.? ! omg i dont think it is mentioned anywhere.

  • May 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    awesome man. fun watch.

  • May 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    by the way, when you said the owners of the property were fans…did you mean of Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World? or of you yourself? because the latter would be quite an honor i’m sure!

  • May 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This movie should be on Blu-Ray! Who’s with me?

  • May 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    @Ed Ground
    Yeah, it was just pictures before. This was a new trip.

    Be Kind Rewind is a personal film to me too, yes. Mad Mad World has been my favorite since I was about 5 years old.

    They were fans of AVGN surprisingly. That’s what I meant, but I always suck at explaining myself without a script. I always manage to leave something out, but I guess I was trying to be humble about it too.

    @Allen Lucas
    It should be re-released on Blu-Ray, yes, for many reasons. The newest release of the DVD omits all the bonus features, the documentary, the deleted scenes… all gone! There is an older DVD that has it but is out of print now. The big dream would be for all the lost footage to be found and restored to the way it was seen at it’s original 70mm premiere.

  • Syph

    May 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    James, that was awesome. It’s amazing how few people really do the work to see their favorite locations in real life but you make the effort and put it out there for us to see. You’re a true fan of film and I appreciate that there are others out there as fanatical about movies as me! 🙂

  • May 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, that’s cool! I’m happy you found what you were looking for, more or less. And creds to the nice fans who let you in to film and take pictures! Did you ring the door and they recognized you or what?

    One last thing, there is a charm in phone-videos, and I know a lot of us don’t mind one bit, it’s just fun to see your adventures.

  • xdeathknightx

    May 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    @ghostie: then you’ve never watched the comments below any of the cinemassacre videos. As soon as a girl is involved everyone wants to know if it might be Mrs Rolfe.

    And great documentary James as always.

  • May 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Your Married ?

  • May 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    That was awesome. You really had me going with the stump at the end, what an unexpected happy ending oO

    Keep doing what you’re doing, James, it always makes my day when I see a cinemassacre update.

  • zakkro

    May 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I haven’t watched the film in a long, long time, but I did watch that episode of The Simpsons awhile ago that parodied some of the film. Still, it was still interesting to see what state everything is in now, so thanks for another cool video.

  • May 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Freaking epic James, good thing they were fans! You should send them a DVD for letting you film there.

  • Bjoggi

    May 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You say that this movie has been your favorite since you were 5.
    When I was 5 there was only 1 TV network that I had access to in my country. It sucked and still sucks now 10 years later. I wish I had my favorite movie when I was 5.
    Very nice video. Every single video on this site is gold.

  • Senter

    May 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    That was awesome, James. After I had watched your top 30 all time movies, I definately watched it’s a mad mad mad mad world. I was hoping you’d find it still in tact. Too bad the big W is gone (for the most of it). There is a guy on youtube who had done filming locations of my childhood tv series involving a clown and acrobat (Bassie & Adriaan). It was really amazing to see all the locations today.

    I know what it feels like standing somewhere that has played a part in history. Old buildings, like in Berlin made me feel the need to touch it. Are you still around in California? If so I wonder if you’re doing even more movie location shots.

    I wonder if you’ve ever been to europe. But then again, the usa is so immense that for most americans that’s the world.

  • May 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you saw the use of a phone-cam as a style and charm rather than a shortcoming.

    The owners invited me. I was very lucky, they knew I was a fan of the movie and reached out. I brought autographs and a DVD, yep.

    And yes, I’m married.

  • May 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Cool. I love this movie. Lots of great cameos and lots of destruction and mishaps. I give it 5 giant Zs out of 5.

  • May 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm


  • EliteDeath

    May 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, thats the first time you acknowledged that your married as far as I know. Maybe now the rumors can be put to bed. Anyway, its funny how no matter what you do, you’ll always be tied to AVGN one way or another lol.

  • May 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    that was excellent james i can see your enjoying your free. time

  • RobotX2311

    May 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    But I have a question, what part of the W was that little peace of trunk from the right edge or from the middle part pointing up right

  • RetroGamerK91

    May 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I have to admit that iPhone cameras don’t look too bad, way better than a regular cell-phone camera. You did a good job putting this together and I’m glad to see that you had a blast finding these locations. I always appreciate you sharing your expriences with us, as some of us may never get around to see some of this stuff, which is really cool and awesome to see up close, it’s like being on the set of your all-time favorite movie. You can just imagine yourself interacting with all the characters and props in the movie. Hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to scout out a few film locations. And you might hate me for saying this, but I’ve never seen ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’, but I want to, since your love for films is so contagious, it’s not even funny. It’s got my mind shifted off of video-games and more onto movies, which I’ve always been a big fan of too. Thanks again, James. Keep at it, you always make some cool videos to watch.

  • gattz

    May 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    You saw The Big 4? Shit man, that’s so awesome…

  • Syph

    May 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    @RobotX2311: It looks to me based on the video that the remaining stump is from the tree farthest to the right, it’s about the right angle, a bit steeper than the other one leaning that direction and it seemed like it would be closer to the trees behind it than the other one, although in all this time they could be in a totally different place, and likely entirely different trees.

  • Snejku

    May 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen better work done by using an Iphone, this was amazing. After I watched your top 30 movies a while back I decided I had to see this movie at some point. Fortunately a buddy had it on DVD and we watched it. I absoloutely loved the movie and laughed so hard at it’s delicate sense of humour and slapstick. Watching the location guide, especially edited this way just enhanced that great memory. I hope they decide to put your little video on every new version release of this movie into the Extras, so in conclusion: Great work, keep it up.

  • buckfutter

    May 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Damn James,
    Always having fun :-p
    Lucky Fuck

  • JediRob

    May 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    One of my top movies since I was a little kid. I always enjoy when you bring it up.

    My father and I would watch it every New Years day, and the rest of the year too, but especially every New Years. A great film with great memories.

  • May 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations, The reason I admire ALL of your videos is because you do what you love, and thanks to you I bought the movie Its a Mad mad mad world.

    “It just went Saling right out there” jajaja, Smiler Grogan would have been proud of you

  • May 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Hey James,

    That is amazing i wish i could come. and not to be a pest or anything but i’d really like to see what your wife looks like.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    May 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve loved that film since forever. I still drag out my extended VHS version and watch it from time to time. VHS sure looks great in 720p. Not.

  • May 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    they don’t make comedies as this one anymore, the movie has so much…charm, it’s awesome you actually get to go to exact locations—wait what? wife??!— There’s a Mrs Rolfe??? when did James get married??? !! guess i gotta check my twitter more often. wow did anyone else know?

  • BKopp

    May 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    wasn’t sure if you get asked this a lot, but since you’ve mentioned that you were married, does your wife help with any of your regular videos at all, like act or anything? or does she prefer to stay behind the camera if anything?

  • May 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Happy for ya’ James.

  • felphero

    May 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    hahahha the owners happen to be fans? man that is so godamn cool, fuck yeah nerd you rock man

  • billwade

    May 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    You gotta let your fans know where you’re going! If you like zoos and are in the Palm Desert area again, I could get you behind the scenes at The Living Desert. Or I could just buy you a beer somewhere.

  • May 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    You were at The Big 4 concert too?!!

    Dang man, it’s a shame that I didn’t see ya there! I woulda bought you a $7 slice of spicy pizza, haha!!

  • handsome pete

    May 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I haven’t seen IAMMMMW in like forever, and as far as I could remember it was a madcap road picture, like Cannonball Run. But according to Wikipedia it starred Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Jim Backus, and Peter Falk, and there were appearances by Jack Benny, Norman Fell, Don Knotts, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Carl Reiner. It’s almost unexplainable how good of a cast this would have been back then, it’s like Who Framed Roger Rabbit but with live-action stars instead of cartoon stars.

  • startrekalien

    May 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats, rolfe. I know how small dreams come true can feel.

  • monkymahn

    May 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Awww, you made a little friend lol.

    I didn’t know you had a wife 😮

  • pingasbomb

    May 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    James i just shit out all of my organs after eating some chipotle but theres a treasure burried deep in the heart of unionville pa under a giant cock in the middle of doucy fields national park you cant miss it it’s by the old burned town tavern gods speed mr nerd and dont eat mexican food

  • SkullBallMovies

    May 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Wow that was really cool. Sometimes, I have more of an appreciation for the ‘shot-on-the-spot’ videos than the scripted ones. They have more meaning, and I know that this one had a lot of meaning to you. Someday, I wish to visit the filming locations of my favorite movies.

  • Analbag Thats Me

    May 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Man this stuff is all right by my place. So cool! I should really go check it out. I bet there are so many movie scenes I could visit like this in West LA….

  • astraton

    May 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Kitty cat helped lead you to the forward slash. Don’t forget to thank the cat.

  • May 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Totally loved the video James! Great job and thank you for sharing that with us!!!

    You lucky bastard!

  • May 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    you finally fulfilled your childhood dream of getting to the big ‘W’ and now there’s a reliable source

  • Jigglysaint

    May 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    It’s pretty neat how everything works together in such a mysterious way. You have a favorite movie growing up. You also have a love for making movies which no doubt must have had some inspiration from that movie. It’s almost as if that W was calling out to you to come find it, and it wouldn’t even be possible if you hadn’t become a filmmaker, and that might not have happened if it were not for the movie.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    May 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Who wants to bet that he was in California to set up the AVGN Movie with a production company?

  • The Professor

    May 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Been a fan of this movie since my dad showed it to me when I was little. Great detective work James cant wait for the AVGN movie keep up the great work.

  • Cyclo

    May 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    “I’m here in San Pedrooo”. LOL at how out-of-town people mispronounce our place names. Bless you James, you are effing awesome though!

    Btw, it’s not “The Pacific Coast Highway”, it’s just “PCH”. For next time you’re out here. ; )

  • May 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    That is so cool James! I too enoyed that film. It’s awesome that you got to go check out what’s left of the stump, and solve that mystery.

  • May 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I noticed that the information about the palm stump was there on Wikipedialong before this video, so you’ve really proven this fact to be true 🙂

  • xikar

    May 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Very nice James. Became a fan of this movie last year when I caught it on AMC with a friend who had seen it before.
    Glad to see some of the three is left I guess? I guess the owners before the current ones didn’t understand the meaning by the W trees, or they could have overgrown and collapsed, oh well.

    And was that car following you the entire time while you were on the property?

  • Spy Z

    May 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    you are Awesome James 🙂

  • May 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Pretty sweet trip, James.

  • May 13, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Was never really a big fan of this movie but that sure was a fun video.

  • May 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I cited the mad mad mad mad world article on wikipedia for the big w with a link to the video

  • May 13, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Dammit, James, I approve. I’m glad you got to do what you friggin’ wanted to.

  • Zentu

    May 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I wounder if nowadays where people who knew this movie, instead of looking for treasure at the “W” would instead Leave something behind? You know, something to say. “I was Here” (Aside from the use of Grafite of course lol) Maybe the Cat tried to tell you where the W was at? Also it kinda looks like one of your other 2 cats back at your place….you Bring your Cat along?

  • Pablo1989

    May 13, 2011 at 1:29 am


    They Cut,s “Big W”

  • batmanfreek

    May 13, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Should have let me know :p I live 10mins from Peck Park! Next time you’re around, let’s chill. I’ll bring the brews. Great review. One of my favorite movies as well. Did you see the 124214345 cats at “Pet” Peck Park?

  • May 13, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Always like these videos. I’ll need to check out the movie when I have a nice chunk of time for it since it’s a long movie. Wonder if James will do one for a movie he hated. Might be entertaining.

  • illchard

    May 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Dude, its pretty awesome you were around my area. There’s a place around San Pedro called Sunken City. Ive been wanting to check it out for a while now. I think you were close to it. Also Next time you’re in the South Bay, Make sure you check out the Ferris Beuller House in Long Beach. Its a area called Bixby Knolls.

  • szimm

    May 13, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Even though it was primitive, this video had a lot of atmosphere – finding that car wreck was a really cool and eerie moment! I love how the big W has become a little comma, even though it makes me a bit sad too, haha.

  • May 13, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Really amazing how overwhelmed you were, James. It sounded like you were almost crying when you said you were inside the gate.

  • May 13, 2011 at 5:40 am

    It was fun to see this movie is your all time favorite in your movie count down. I love it! As a kid I must have watched it once a month for 3 years, I don’t know. And now this! I can imagine your excitement discovering the sites and the palm tree stump… should have a star on Hollywood Blvd. lol! Great hunt and the iphone movie quality… not that bad!

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    May 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Wow, your movie location hunts are so fun to watch. I see why James loves this movie so much, lots of great comedy actors all on a treasure hunt, not being serious and just having a great time. 🙂

  • oldscool75

    May 13, 2011 at 7:51 am


  • Shcha

    May 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    This was awesome

  • Coog316

    May 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

    WOW just awesome James.

  • Senter

    May 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

    By the way, perhaps they tried to pull the stunt off with another car that’s now laying there. Perhaps it didn’t crash good enough and they decided to use a different car. xD

  • May 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Not my favorite, but one of my favorite movies off all-time
    actually i made a list and this came on #14
    great video loved it!

  • xdeathknightx

    May 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    And I hope you had some Old Fashioneds 😉

  • Stylix

    May 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I have not seen the movie, but I get the impression that the movie “Rat Race” borrowed a lot of ideas from it.

    Must have been a lot of fun tracking down those locations.

  • tumAngor

    May 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    dreams can become true huh?^^ nice job

  • shadowgam3

    May 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    It was one of my favorites when I was a young kid.. I am sorry too hear that your legs were hurting from the a concert, but like my father always said too me.. “You’ll live”..

  • GamingandMetal

    May 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    oh hell yeah james said he saw the big 4, Fuck yeah ANTHRAX, MEGADETH,SLAYER, and metallica is not so great. but still fuck yeah i have the blue ray

  • GamingandMetal

    May 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    i love that movie, its long but god is it so fucking funny

  • Digerati

    May 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Hey James when you’re pointing out the old tree stump, there is a dog taking a shit in the

  • benjigoenitz

    May 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    OMG!!! what a great video!!!! i Loved it ;D!!!

  • May 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    That video made me smile 🙂
    So awesome!

  • May 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Really really nice documentary! I liked that! 🙂

  • xenxander

    May 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Looks like the wikipedia can be updated now, to state that there is but a scant stump remaining of the four palm trees.

  • May 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I saw the movie when you mentioned it in your favorite movie video, but can’t say i like it very much, too much talk and not so much funny stuff going round…I had more fun with its (kinda) remake, Rat Race, but that probably is because my two heroes, Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese were it in.

  • May 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    James you’re the freakin’ BEST for doing this vid, it was awesome! I love that movie so much so it was great to see something dedicated to it.

    Also, that cat was adorable haha.

  • Vallinen

    May 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I haven’t actually seen the movie. But I can still feel a sense of epicness over these places. I believe it was the well done narration.

  • Mariusz69

    May 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I loved it! You are a badass James for solving the mystery of the giant “W”

  • Murphy2112

    May 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    That’s pretty damn cool that the owners were fans. Shit, James, you got it made.

  • TheLHP

    May 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Great video, James. I watched this movie about a year ago and it became an instant favorite 🙂

  • oblivion328

    May 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Actually there is one prior mention of Jame’s wife that I know of. In the making of video for the 2008 AVGN vs. NC fight, Doug says that she had to tie his tie for him. So him being married isn’t a recent development or anything.

    The place where the gas station was looks kinda like the gated community where my uncle has a condo. It’s somewhere in Palm Dessert but I can’t remember the address. Anyway, I know I’ve been on Route 74 as well as by the ramp.

  • mirbo

    May 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

    You have some fun adventures it seems.

  • May 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Califooornia! 😉

    Awesome James!

  • May 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

    The owners of the property are fans of the Nerd? That’s awesome!!!

  • totopoulous

    May 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    You got to see the Big 4? Sweet.

  • Whiskey Clone

    May 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    James, you sure do like cats.

  • DrZaius

    May 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    And so, James and Kitty drove off into the sunset!

    The End.

  • Sol Invictus

    May 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm


  • May 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    NICE YOU WENT TO THE BIG 4 im glad youre a big thrash fan as well

  • The Count Otaku

    May 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I watched your video on friday. Shortly afterwards I decided to pop in the dvd of It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and watched it with my mom. We had so much fun watching and it has now become one of my very favorite movies. Thank you for getting me hooked on such a great movie!

  • May 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    james damn if i had not known you where in san pedro . I would have asked you for an autograph. lol

  • Lanlost

    May 15, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Haha, for some reason I really love the last scene of this where he finds the stump. Why? It’s all about:

    James: !!! *God like Moment*
    Cat: Oh hai,

  • larry69

    May 15, 2011 at 3:32 am

    You said you’d just been to see the big 4….you lucky bastard.

  • May 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I never even knew James was married! LOL

  • Effrum

    May 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    You know it’s a little sad that you excused yourself for the poor quality production due to using an iphone, but I think it was actually better than usual, minus the wind that wasn’t cut.

    You should consider a new camera, lol. And tell your wife I also thank her, because I love this movie soooo much.

  • Mango025

    May 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Great video James, I love this movie and grew up watching it. It’s great to see all the sites where it was filmed. I only wish you could have found the spot where they shot the fight between Milton Berle and Terry Thomas (the English guy) after they crash the car. Still, it was a great video, thanks for putting it together.

  • Sperkowitz

    May 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    It’s funny, but I probably wouldn’t have cared much about this movie and someone hunting for shoot locations. But you somehow made the journey entertaining. Thanks for the video!

  • Tempest

    May 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Awesome, James. I love this movie so much and it was really cool to see what the locations look like today. Life is kinda cool sometimes.

  • ShadowWX

    May 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I was at the big 4 concert too. Too bad I didn’t see you there. I bet you had VIP tickets, right.

  • Squall85

    May 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve never seen the movie. But this is a really nice video on the locations. Congratulations for founding the remains of the big W! 🙂

  • Alosker

    May 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    “The owners happen to be fans.”
    Man you are an internet star!

  • J5

    May 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Amen….indeed for the find!…Amen!!!! ((-:

  • May 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    You just slapped a big smile on my face. I’ve never even seen the movie but you make these great videos that somehow make me even care haha

  • MichelleV

    May 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    The picture of James, the stump and the cat is priceless. xD

  • May 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    hahahahah LOOK!!!! ITS A BIG….SLANTED STUMP!!!

  • yuri55

    May 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Hello James,

    Long time fan, first comment. This location hunt was definitely my favorite by far, great work.

    If you dont mind me asking and if you could get back to me on this one. What is the song that plays at 11:03?


  • May 22, 2011 at 5:59 am

    its so awesome i got goose bumps 😛

  • Valis77

    May 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    YOU FINALLY GET TO SEE THE “Slash (punctuation) Stump” ^_^ me thinks James.

  • May 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm


    Your advertisements.. Every time I watch your films there has to be some fuck trying to get me to buy a shitty cellphone service or tell me about the latest nike shoes.ENOUGH!!!!!!! Watching one of the advertisements is fine for the first vid. but not EVERY SINGLE ONE!! its a pile of sperm wiggling its way up a zebras cunt .Its fucking out of control.

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I wonder if the Big W was all real trees in the first place. Probably trick camera work duplicating and/ or mirroring.

  • August 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for this video, James! This movie means a lot to me, too. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to watch it nearly every time it came on TV (which wasn’t often – looking for it in the newspaper TV listings was like a treasure hunt in itself), but none of my friends had ever heard of it, so it was like our awesome “secret movie.”

  • ben 10 guy

    September 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    HE HAS A WIFE !!!!!!!!!

  • September 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    You went to the Big 4? I figured you did when you were in Indio in the last video lol… Lucky bastard, I have the shirt my friend picked up for me when he went

  • derrick554

    September 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I thought you were married, but this is the only mention of it i can find in any of your videos, other than the obvious ring and one refrence to “mrs.” which i assume meant Mrs. AVGN 😛

  • Aerodynamic

    October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Ah, one of my favorite films. Great job on this report. Sad to think nearly everyone in that film is gone now.

  • 8BitTerror

    December 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

    you should make a video with your wife in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    December 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    What a great video James!!!

    I loved this movie, and I’m horribly jealous of you right now!

    …but,, Touche’ !! You got onto the property, and that is so cool. Damn, that one stump is left. It should be a shrine…..and the wrecked truck in the gully? How fricking weird is that? That kinda gave me the creeps.

    I rented this on VHS back in 1985. I showed it to the girl I was dating then, and all she could do was yawn. I dumped her.

    The scene with Jonathon Winters destroying the gas station is the best!!

  • cinemassacre

    January 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    i watched that movie on new year’s eve with my friend she and i laughed so hard, that we woke up my family, who asked us to be quiet, and when we counted down the seconds of the year, my dad came down to talk to us only to crack up. not my favourite movie, but definitely the in the top 3 comedies, and definitely in my overall top 5 simply perfect. all i can say.

  • SONofTheASS

    January 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    i watched that movie on new year’s eve with my friend she and i laughed so hard, that we woke up my family, who asked us to be quiet, and when we counted down the seconds of the year, my dad came down to talk to us only to crack up. not my favourite movie, but definitely the in the top 3 comedies, and definitely in my overall top 5 simply perfect. all i can say. !)

  • cynsha

    January 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the great video. That movie was one of my favorites as a kid, and I think it was the first movie my parents took us to. I never laughed so hard in my life, and I’m glad you got to find the remains of the big W. My husband and I love to location hunt, and we’ve done so for many movies. It’s as much a treasure hunt as the loot the comedic cast of characters were relentlessly trying to find in that flick.

  • Michaelchase Creasy

    March 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, as I’m watching the last scene of the movie, I wanted to know those locations, as I just moved back from California after living there the five years after Katrina, I’ve since moved back to New Orleans. Since being a child in Baltimore and seeing this at the movie theater there, I was sooo into it, it was so modern and didn’t look like anywhere I’d been. I always wondered where the big “W” was. But here, 30 years after I last saw this film, I now know a lot of the coast line, because I’ve live there, I  thought I recognized some of that…..Thank you for this. Really, really cool

  • Niklas Bomb

    January 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I love these location hunts, living in Sweden makes these kind of location hunts impossible, unless you are made of money and time.

  • paul glickman

    December 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    in 1964 me and my friend drove to palos verdes peninsula
    we found the BIG W it was soon enough after filming that most everything was still there
    one of the trees was ( the one on the far right) gone but 3 remained

  • December 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Wow somehow I missed this video, I remember watching this when I was just a little guy at my Dad’s house when he was still alive. This made my day, thanks James!

  • January 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    my co-worker’s mother-in-law makes $77 hourly on the computer. She has been laid off for nine months but last month her paycheck was $14144 just working on the computer for a few hours. Check This Out…

  • DragonoftheEastblue

    January 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I HAVE to do one of these myself and I know what series I can do. Gonna have to wait for Fall to have the right mood.

  • lance2011

    January 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I saw It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World for the 1st time an few years ago, but since it was a Blockbuster Rent the Documentary was removed. Their’s reports that upcoming Criterion Collection Blu-Ray will have it and I do plan to buy the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray version.

  • January 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I know where the last palm tree is… It’s in a museum guarded by top men.

  • January 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This was my favorite movie as a kid! That’s so awesome that you actually got to be in those places! So much movie history with so many great stars; that’s incredible!

  • tatripp

    February 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hey James… While you were driving through Cabazon off of the 10 freeway, I hope you stopped by the dinosaurs featured in Pee Wees Big Adventure (or at least saw them from the freeway). THose were also the same dinosaurs in the crappy movie The Wizard.

  • Tony Cheek

    September 25, 2014 at 12:06 am

    That is incredibly cool and fortunate that the owners were fans! How awesome must that have been for both them AND James. Super cool.

  • April 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    wait… so did he dig up the money or not?!

  • kovicplayz

    July 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Great movie and amazing that you got to check out these iconic areas. Oh, and yeah, it’s 2015 and I’m just getting here now. 🙂

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