It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Reviews
Saw this on 01/9/16
Stanley Kramer makes a memorable yet silly comedy film that takes some time to become interesting. Its a nice change of mood for the director after Judgement at Nuremberg and Inherit the wind.
Stanley Kramer, a man not known for comedy, directed this film with a real, tangible commitment to making it the most zany and crazy comedy epic of all time. It has everyone from Sid Caeser to Mickey Rooney; Buster Keaton to Ethel Merman, and even briefly the Three Stooges.
This film couldn't possibly happen in a Hollywood landscape like the one that exists today. It's a reflection of a time when comedians came together in the name of comedy, for the sake of helping people forget all of their problems for a couple hours.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a funny, crazy, entertaining film that strives too much to surprise, but made us laugh. The writers have created an assortment of hilarious characters with their unique accents, personalities, and appearance that made the movie really original.
The movie takes place on the highway in California on the way to Santa Rosita, and the goal was to find the big W that leads to $350,000 of stolen dough. There were a group of ridiculous, money-crazy buffoons who witnessed Jimmy Durante, as the criminal who had buried the money, drive off a cliff. As he lay dying, Durante revealed the secret of the big W, and then he kicked the bucket, literally. Our frantic group split up into pairs and small groups and began a race to get to the W. The first to arrive, gets the moola.
Meanwhile, the cops, led by Sheriff Culpepper (Spencer Tracy), were surveilling the racers hoping to recover the money and solve the crime.
When Ethel Merman, playing Milton Berle's loud-mouthed mother-in-law, declines to take a plane to get to the treasure faster after declaring, "No one is going to make me fly," gets jolted by a truck crashing into the rear of their car and goes flying from the backseat into the front seat of the car, it made me die of laughter. Speaking of flying, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett were hysterically panicking as they goofily struggled to fly and land a plane while the actual pilot, a drunk, played by Jim Baccus, was in the back of the plane knocked out. They almost hit the tower knocking an Air Force general out of it to dangle like a bungee jumper.
Finally, all of the zany characters plus a few more get to the park and scatter around the hunting for the big W. After a plot twist, everything gets mad, mad, mad, mad again, ending up with all the men in the hospital with the oldest gag in the book. You must see this extravagant movie.
Big, sprawling, unsubtle comedy. After a dying man tells a bunch of strangers where he hid $350,000 they scurry off in an incredible race involving short partnerships, harsh selfishness, and trickery, while also intercepting others they meet along the way. Energetic film with all-star international cast doesn't have much resonance emotion-wise, but is generally funny, occasionally exciting, with cameos and visually swanky chases galore. Plus a wild finish. But seriously, how could you say "No" to a film that includes Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, and Buddy Hackett? The Three Stooges even have a brief (if unnecessary) appearance; look fast for Jerry Lewis! Oscar Winner for Best Sound Effects Editing.