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
Something a little less serious: a tribute to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
"IT A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD" is a Classic, Halarious Movie with a Twist! Full of lots of laughs! You won't believe all the twist & turns in this mad dash of a Treasure Hunt for a Windfall of money that has been buried! X Mark's the spot!
This is a funny classic, great movie with a long list of my favorite Hollywood actors of that time in the cast. One of my all time favorites and one I can enjoy with my kids with no worries of anything inappropriate they might see. Glad to be able to get it on Blu-ray and at a great price!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great actors in movie
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I was young when i first saw this at the local theater laughed my head off the stooges Spencer Tracy and so many more enjoyed again after many years .
This film is from a much more simpler age of motion pictures. Is exciting for the whole family. Without all the rigormoral if so film today. No nonsense acting and excitement.
So take a trip back a bit and grab some goodies for an old fashion movie sit.
I was visiting my Aunt and Uncle's. My uncle was going to rent a movie. He asked me what I would like to see. I asked what's the funniest movie ever? He said 'It's a Mad, etc.. World. Bar none, this is THE funniest movie ever!
It may not be the funniest film ever made - that is every person's own opinion - but it is funny and succeeds in the impossible task of keeping up an atmosphere of comic mayhem for over a 2 1/2 hour running time.