Old-Fashioned

I have been giggling all week thinking about drawing this for Illustration Friday. I debated about being creative and coming up with an original idea but, I decided to go with what was making me laugh.

When I was a kid I watched classic comedies. I loved them and still do. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World was among my favorites. I liked Mad World so much I watched the interviews with the cast about the making of and named all of my stuffed animals after characters from the movie.

In Mad World Jim Backus, Mr. Fitzgerald, plays an eccentric millionaire, who has an airplane. He agrees to fly Buddy Hackett, Benjy Benjamin, and Mickey Rooney, Dingy Bell, to the Big W. During the flight, as he is piloting the plane, he looks back at Mickey Rooney and in the most Jim Backus voice says “How about an Old-Fashioned?” Cracks me up every time I think about it.

So all week I have been repeating that line to myself and smiling and giggling.

If you haven’t seen this movie you should. It’s a long one, but worth it. Every comic star of that era has an appearance in this film. The word was, if you didn’t have at least a cameo you weren’t worth knowing in comedy anymore. People begged the director for MONTHS to be in this movie.

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