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Vintage Video :: The Great Race

Friends, this was my first favorite movie.  I was four years old even then I knew that this was a brilliant movie.

And then three decades past before I saw it again and it TOTALLY held up.  I think it can be appreciated by kids as well as their parents.  Because what is there not to love about Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood?

In a nutshell, the movie revolves around a race from New York to Paris before WWI between two  dueling dare devils with a female reporter determined to cover the whole event.

When I first watched it, I loved Natalie Wood’s pretty dresses and of course Tony Curtis was perfectly dreamy in white as the Great Leslie.

But as I got older, it was Jack Lemmon’s deliciously funny portrayal of Professor Fate.

And of course the Crown Prince Federick too, but I don’t want to give anything away. Except this picture.  Which says alot…

Oh, Jack Lemmon, you are marvelous….

But I will mention that there is a pie fight in this film? Yup. Pie fight!

So, consider adding this to movie to your queue.

Are you familiar with this movie?


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  1. Nicole Melotte says

    I love this movie too! And like you I saw it as a kid and thought it was brilliant, then saw it again recently and loved it more. Love Jack Lemmon and the little dogs. Should definitely be more well known.

    • Dottie says

      I’m so glad you love it too! I totally forgot about the dogs! They were hilarious! I’m so going to view it this weekend just for the dogs alone!

  2. Alix says

    I’ve never seen this, but my mom loves Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis so I’m surprised i haven’t!! I’ll add it tonight, it looks awesome!

  3. Dottie says

    It is a very nutty fun film! And I gotta say, the music is hilarious whenever Jack Lemmon’s character comes on. It is classical evil villain music! I bet Wolfie would love it. My one warning is that Natalie Wood is often dressed very skimpily which I don’t remember thinking was a big deal, but I wasn’t a boy!

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