Directed by Blake Edwards • 1965 • United States
Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood
The most epic pie fight in cinema history (4,000 pies were harmed in the making) is among the highlights of this delightful slapstick farce about a 22,000-mile road race from New York to Paris set in 1908. Dastardly, black-garbed Dr. Fate (Jack Lemmon) dares the world’s greatest hero, the Great Leslie (Tony Curtis), to race across the Wild West, through frozen Alaska and into the Kingdom of Carpania. Fate sets a series of nefarious traps for Leslie, but neither plans on the indefatigable suffragette Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood)—the object of both Leslie’s and Fate’s affections—to enter the race, determined to strike a blow for feminism.