This is just mearly a teaser for something in the works.... On Monday, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day with Film Preservationist Robert Harris, who has been compiling missing footage from Stanley Kramer's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, to present to MGM in hopes that they will fund a total new restoration. I am working on a full-blown story of my visit, complete with pictures that I think you'll find very interesting. One of the most startling photos you will see is of an entire reel that has been ruined due to storage neglect. The reel is warped, reaking of a vinegar-like odor, and easily crumbled to the touch. 90% of all the extra footage for this film is close to being forever extinct. If MGM does not fund a restoration THIS YEAR, it can never be done and the footage will be lost forever. Although I am going to save most of the details of my visit for the upcoming story I am working on, I do want to say that I heard audio footage that has not been heard by more than a handful of people since 1963. This audio footage includes a sequence where Captain Culpepper (Spencer Tracy) is talking to Jimmy the Crook (Buster Keaton). The film portion is missing, but Harris is still optimistic it will be found. I also heard the infamous "Radio Calls" sequence that played in theater lobbies during intermission. This also has not been heard by anyone since the film's premier. It's an amazingly funny piece of audio footage, and if MGM funds this restoration, all of you will have the opportunity to hear it for yourselves. I am in the process of starting this lengthly article, which includes a Q&A with Robert Harris on all the aspects of his MAD WORLD quests. I hope to have the article up by week's end.