It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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as Capt. C.G. Culpepper
as J. Russell Finch
as Melville Crump
as Benjy Benjamin
as Mrs. Marcus
as Ding Bell
as Sylvester Marcus
as Otto Meyer
as J. Algernon Hawthorne
as Lennie Pike
as Monica Crump
as Emmeline Finch
as Tyler Fitzgerald
as Cab Driver
as Airplane Pilot
as Police Sergeant
as Mrs. Haliburton
as Chief of Police
as Col. Wilberforce
as Cab Driver
as Jimmy the Crook
as Nervous Man
as Cab Driver
as Tower Control
as Union Official
as Sheriff Mason
as Fire Chief
as Airport Manager
as Airport Officer
as Switchboard Operator
as Police Secretary
as Radio Tower Operator
as Deputy Sheriff
as George the Steward
as Pilot's Wife
as Truck Driver
as Smiler Grogan
as Culpeper's Wife
as Police Officer
as Radio Operator
as Billie Sue
as Traffic Cop
as Tower Radioman
as Truck Driver
as Helicopter Observer
as Man on Road
as Mad Driver
as Detective Outside Laundromat
as Policeman Outside Garage
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Critic Reviews for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Stanley Kramer strikes out again with this elephantine 1963 attempt at uproarious comedy.
The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding.
Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting.
So many excellent actors and stunt men do so much in this film that it is beyond my space allowance to begin to credit them.
For every inspired set-piece, there are one or two that don't work, making this a frequently frustrating watch.
Audience Reviews for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The movie version of one of those little clown cars that a hundred clowns get in and out of, it descends into pure over-the-top silliness with so many talents vying for the glory-hogging center stage, but nonetheless a landmark simply for the presence of so many talents. What's the best part of gumbo? Of beef stew? Its the combo that makes for sensation.
The best American comedy ever made. A true epic of humor, with full of great comedians and unforgettable scenes.
This is the perfect example of an epic comedy, one that spans time, venues, and types of comedy. Other films of this genre include The Blues Brothers and Blazing Saddles, though unlike those this is far more tame. This was in the days of family humor, and epics were per usual with movie going crowds. Still, the characters are larger than life, using a lot of physical comedy, and the exclusively sixties plot device of misunderstandings. The best aspect of having watched so many films is the fact that so many big names came together to do this film, and naming them off as you see them is extremely entertaining. The entire film concerns a milieu of improbable characters who find a dying crook who tells them where he has buried hidden money stolen and untraceable. The band of misfits at first all decide to distribute the wealth accordingly, but after a series of fights they all strike out on their own, some chartering planes, others hitchhiking, all to the amusement of the watching police department in Santa Rosita. This surveillance team is headed by recently retiring and angst ridden Chief Culpepper, played by Spencer Tracy. The two larger than life characters are played by Ethel Merman, a busybody mother-in-law with the loudest yell I've ever heard, and Jonathan Winters, who single handedly destroys an entire gas station through sheer force. Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett are the comic foils, oftentimes saying boneheaded phrases, and crashing into things. There's even a very brief yet memorable cameo by Don Knotts, who interacts with Phil Silvers, famous for portraying Sgt. Bilko. There are some great effects, and though it's long for a comedy the full fledged character development and longwinded comedy work with this vehicle. It's zany fun, it's certainly a mad world.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Quotes
|Benjy Benjamin:||So, now, there's only one way to figure it. And that is every man for himself (points to Mrs. Marcus) Except you, old lady. May you just ...DROP DEAD!|
|Benjy Benjamin:||So, now, there's only one way to figure it. And that is every man for himself [points to Mrs. Marcus] Except you, old lady. May you just ...DROP DEAD!|
|Ding Bell:||We're never gonna get anywhere if we keep listening to this old bag.|
|J. Algernon Hawthorne:||Why Americans are so obsessed with breasts. I say if American women stopped wearing braziers your entire economy would collapse overnight.|
|Capt. C.G. Culpepper:||Billie Sue? Billie Sue where are you?|
|Billie Sue:||I'm at the bus station.|
|Capt. C.G. Culpepper:||Sweetheart what are you doing at the bus station?|
|Billie Sue:||I'm waiting for the bus!|
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