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Plot: A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.
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_**Epic screwball comedy-adventure with an all-star cast is overlong**_
Released in 1963, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” is grand comedy-adventure about several motorists in the remote desert of Southern Cal learning of a buried cache of moolah in Santa Rosita State Park along the coast 200 miles south. A mad scramble to get to the money ensues.
The cast is superlative with too many old-time greats to cite. The opening is compelling, the first act culminating with an amusing sequence where Jonathan Winters’ character levels a gas station in the desert. The wild close with the fire truck ladder and corresponding hospital gag is also superb entertainment. The middle of the film, while fun, can get tedious because emptyheaded shenanigans can only hold your interest for so long. In other words, the movie’s just too long for such madcap misadventures.
Nevertheless, it’s a fun, energetic flick with top-rate locations and this is the only way to see so many classic celebrities on screen together.
The theatrical cut runs 2 hours, 41 minutes whereas the longest cut runs 3 hours, 30 minutes. There are several other cuts. It was shot entirely in various areas of Southern Cal.
It’s every man (and old bag) for himself.
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is one of those films that as a child I went to the cinema to watch and then proceeded to talk about it enthusiastically in the playground for weeks afterwards. So I find myself here in my middle age with mixed feelings after just revisiting this extravaganza for the first time in many a year.
It’s very much a film of three parts to me, and each part impacts differently on the entertainment scale. The first part of this multi cast piece is as madcap and as mirthful as you could honestly wish to see, but this sadly ill prepares you for a middle part that outstays its welcome to the point that you can’t believe they stretched it to an original cut of 3 hours! The final third of the film saves it from smug overkill because by now you have invested so much time into the film, you thank the gods for any sort of frivolity – and thankfully the film does lift you back up to the happy place that you had visited an hour previously.
The cast are fine, where some brilliant shows are mixed in with the merely acceptable ones, and I wouldn’t want to be so churlish as to dissect each actors respective show. However, as a Phil Silvers fan I’m rewarded plenty enough and as a Spencer Tracy acolyte I’m burning candles again in his honour. Yet it’s Ethel Merman as Mrs. Marcus that lives long and glorious in the memory here, and honestly I feel the film is worth a watch purely just for her. The set pieces are fine and the stunts are truly a feast for the eyes, but ultimately one comes away thinking this film should have been a masterpiece instead of the overkilled and overlong experience that it is. 6.5/10
A Comedy Classic that Still Holds Up…
A couple of years ago, I finally managed to get IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD on video. I saw it as a kid and remember enjoying it but watching it again for 40 years later, I still found myself LMAO. This is still the granddaddy of all comedy/adventures directed by Stanley Kramer, who up to this point had only directed serious dramas like THE DEFIANT ONES and JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG. A dying man (Jimmy Durante) who was thrown from a car that careened over a cliff, tells a group of witnesses to the accident (Sid Ceasar, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters) that there is $350,000.00 hidden under a big “W” in a nearby town, which sets off one of the wildest, craziest chase comedies made in the history of cinema. A rather tired and haggard looking Spencer Tracy heads the cast as the cop on the trail of these greedy money-mongers and just about every comedian or comic actor alive in 1963 appears in this film, either in a starring role or cameo and despite this impressive gathering of the best comedic talent in the business, towering over all of them in one of her few film performances, is Broadway legend Ethel Merman, who gives the performance of a lifetime as Berle’s shrew of a mother-in-law. Her performance alone makes IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD worth seeing. Check out this classic if you’ve never seen it.
More than the sum of its parts
Often accused of being less than the sum of its parts, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is one of the most precious gems in filmdom. True, it’s far from being the funniest movie ever. Once, when Monty Python was putting a film together, they found that after fifty-odd minutes the audience stopped laughing. Thinking it was the material, they recut it so the latter material came out first. The audience still stopped laughing at fifty-odd minutes, even with what MP assumed the funnier materials backloaded. The fact is, people can only laugh so long.
Even armed with the information that an audience cannot sustain laughter for three hours, “Mad World” is not overwhelmingly funny. Though lots of dialogue is amusing and all the performances are outstanding, but the movie suffers from a common delusion of people outside comedy, as Stanley Kramer was, that the mere vision of cars crashing is somehow funny in itself. One is reminded of the spectacular sequence in “1941” when a ferris wheel breaks loose and rolls off a pier into the ocean. The sequence itself is jaw-dropping and extremely well-done, and not funny for a moment.
The value in “Mad World” is its cast. Most of the big names in comedy in the 1950s and 1960s made it into the cast (Ernie Kovaks, arguably the brightest of the lot, originally cast in the Sid Caesar role, unfortunately died not long before shooting started). The casting of name comics in tiny roles doesn’t do them justice: Stan Freberg has nothing to do but watch Andy Devine talk on the telephone; Doodles Weaver is an uncredited “Man Outside Hardware Store”; the Three Stooges merely show up to be recognized; even Jack Benny, in a miniscule role funny merely because he’s in it, doesn’t have an impact today because too few people remember who he was. Again, some milk their small roles for what they are worth, giving the movie an undercurrent of true humor beyond the principals: Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, Jesse White, Paul Ford, Jim Backus.
“Mad World” is most valuable simply because it is a cross-section of comedy in its day. Although he was talented in many ways, anyone unfamiliar with Phil Silvers will see him in a performance that was the epitome of what he was famous for. Dick Shawn’s manic wildness is captured forever in a way that is little seen in his few other films. Terry-Thomas, whose brilliance was too often relegated to obscure British films rarely seen anymore, is a joy to watch and his British tilt provides a variation from Americans who learned their craft in the Catskills and Vaudeville. Jonathan Winters, whom Robin Williams used as a prototype, was the most gifted ad-lib comic of his day and rarely showed up well when he was constrained by a script and a sustained character, but he brings off many of the best laughs in this film, and, with Arnold Stang and Marvin Kaplan the most memorable set piece in the movie. Milton Berle and Micky Rooney both bring lifetimes of stage and screen work to the project, and their input was invaluable.
All the principals (Berle, Caesar, Adams, Rooney, Hackett, Terry-Thomas, Shawn, Silvers, Winters, Anderson, Falk) are good. Even the ones who seem to have been shorted of funny lines, like Edie Adams, and Eddie Anderson, nevertheless come off well. Although they blend well together, there is a subtle fight between them for attention, to steal a scene with a facial expressions (watch Adams’ face, for instance, when Caesar drags her away, in front of the “Big W”, though you may have to put it on slow-motion) or a bit of business. You can see each of them thinking, at all times. Each gives an intelligent performance, having laboriously hammered out their timing and their business, and they’re all thinking, with the clockwork brains the best comedians have. They may not all be funny every minute, but every moment they know what they’re doing, crafting better performances than many Oscar-winning serious actors have ever turned in.
Though the movie might be too bloated for the promised three hours’ hilarious ride, with too much dependence on, “Hey, there’s Edward Everett Horton flicking a switch!” But anyone who loves comedy and its history needs — deserves — to see the best in the business of comedy in 1963 interacting with their schtick, especially if they don’t mind sitting through — occasionally mindless — car chases and crashes.
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 30 min (210 min), 2 hr 34 min (154 min) (edited) (USA), 2 hr 54 min (174 min) (restored video) (USA), 3 hr 2 min (182 min) (Laserdisc) (extended re-edit), 3 hr 12 min (192 min) (premiere), 3 hr 25 min (205 min) (roadshow), 3 hr 17 min (197 min) (extended) (USA)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director Stanley Kramer
Writer William Rose, Tania Rose
Actors Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 10 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.76 : 1
Camera Panavision APO Panatar Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 4,250 m (1964) (35 mm version) (Finland), 4,375 m (35 mm version) (Sweden), 5,685 m (70 mm version) (Sweden)
Negative Format 65 mm (Eastman 50T 5250, 50T 5251)
Cinematographic Process Ultra Panavision 70 (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 16 mm, Eastman Color “rectified” prints, Technicolor Dye Transfer prints (35mm), 35 mm, 70 mm (Super-Cinerama)