You’ve never been on a trip like this before!
Quick, name a madcap travel romp of the 1960s? It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World? Perfect! The Great Race? Indubitably! But let me tell you about my favorite of these types of flicks, 1969’s If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. This fondly remembered farce from producer David L. Wolper (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and director Mel Stuart stars Suzanne Pleshette as an engaged woman who embarks on a European bus tour in order to escape from her stressful life. While on a whirlwind jaunt through seven countries in 18 days with an offbeat group of fellow American tourists, she tries to figure out what─and whom─she is really looking for. Lending plenty of zany support are co-stars Ian McShane, Murray Hamilton, and Norman Fell (who would go on to fame as Mr. Roper on Three’s Company). If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is very much a product of it’s time, a lightweight, breezy comedy full of laughs that helped viewers temporarily forget the troubles of the outside world. Book your ticket to it today!