It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Front Cover Actor
Spencer Tracy Capt. C.G. Culpepper
Milton Berle J. Russell Finch
Sid Caesar Melville Crump
Buddy Hackett Benjy Benjamin
Mickey Rooney Ding Bell
Ethel Merman Mrs. Marcus
Phil Silvers Otto Meyer
Dick Shawn Sylvester Marcus
Jimmy Durante Smiler Grogan
Buster Keaton Jimmy the Crook
Terry-Thomas Lt.Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne
Jonathan Winters Lennie Pike
Terry-Thomas Lt.Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Family; Action; Comedy; Crime
Director Stanley Kramer
Producer Stanley Kramer
Writer Tania Rose; William Rose
Studio United Artists; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating G
Running Time 2 hr 35 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan ( Jimmy Durante ), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist ( Sid Caesar ) and his wife ( Edie Adams ); a henpecked husband ( Milton Berle ) accompanied by his mother-in-law ( Ethel Merman ) and his beatnik brother-in-law ( Dick Shawn ); a pair of comedy writers ( Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney ); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit ( Jonathan Winters ), a wheeler-dealer ( Phil Silvers ), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers ( Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson ). Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective ( Spencer Tracy ). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl Reiner , Terry-Thomas , Arnold Stang , Buster Keaton , Jack Benny , Jerry Lewis , and The Three Stooges , who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. Two prominent comedians are conspicuous by their absence: Groucho Marx refused to appear when Kramer couldn't meet his price, while Stan Laurel declined because he felt he was too old-looking to be funny. Available for years in its 154-minute general release version, the film was restored to its roadshow length of 175 minutes on home video; the search goes on for a missing Buster Keaton routine, reportedly excised on the eve of the picture's premiere. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 950
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/5/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Circuit City
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 027616865915
Chapters
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Special Edition Restored