Great Race, The

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie’s arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate’s own invention. The Blake Edwards style of slapstick and song originated with this movie. A dedication to Laurel and Hardy appears at the beginning of the film. Edwards’ tribute to Stan and Ollie can be seen most clearly in the interaction between Professor Fate and his cohort Max, as well as in the operatic Pottsdorf pie fight.

Great Race, The

Title: Great Race, The

Release Date: 1965

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical, Sport

    Directors: Edwards, Blake


  • Lemmon, Jack as Professor Fate/Prince Hapnik
  • Curtis, Tony as Leslie ”The Great Leslie” Gallant III
  • Wood, Natalie as Maggie DuBois
  • Falk, Peter as Maximillian ”Max” Meen
  • Wynn, Keenan as Hezekiah Sturdy
  • O”Connell, Arthur as Henry Goodbody
  • Vance, Vivian as Hester Goodbody
  • Provine, Dorothy as Lily Olay
  • Storch, Larry as Texas Jack
  • Martin, Ross as Baron Rolfe von Stuppe
  • Macready, George as General Kuhster
  • Kaplan, Marvin as Frisbee
  • Smith, Hal as Mayor of Boracho
  • Pyle, Denver as Sheriff
  • Bryant, William as Baron”s guard

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