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
One of the funniest movies of all time
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
I have seen this movie many times over the last 40 years. Worth the reasonable purchase price if you watch it even once. Funny movie. Just don’t expect anyone under 40 to know the actors.
It's been years since I had seen It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I first saw it as a child and have loved it ever since. It had been awhile since I had seen it so I picked it up on DVD. The quality is very good and it was under five dollars.
If you already own any of the prior incarnations of "It's a Mad...World" on VHS, DVD or the single-disc MGM/UA Blu Ray, then you may want to throw them out. The Criterion Collection edition of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a game-changer. Unless you were lucky enough to see this 70mm film in its original theatrical release, then be very clear; you have not really and truly seen this film. Who would have ever thought that a brilliant comedy could also be as vastly breathtaking and rich in sound as any of the other 70mm films from its time? Got a 31" display? You'll see and hear more than you knew before; but, of course, the bigger your display the better. The Criterion package may seem expensive to some who already own it; but you'll just have to trust me. Beautifully restored; this offering will open your eyes as to how amazing this film had originally been.