It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldDirector: Stanley Kramer, Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar
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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.
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New high-definition digital transfer of a 197-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version—including some scenes that have been returned to the film here for the first time—with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
New audio commentary featuring It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo.
New documentary on the film’s visual and sound effects, featuring interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt.
Excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring Mad World actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters.
Press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members.
Excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs.
Two-part 1963 episode of the TV program Telescope that follows the film’s press junket and premiere.
The Last 70mm Film Festival, a 2012 program featuring Mad World cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal.
Selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg’s original TV and radio ads for the film, with a new introduction by Freberg.
Trailers and radio spots.
Two Blu-rays and three DVDs, with all content available in both formats.
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and new illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis, along with a map of the shooting locations by artist Dave Woodman.
Cast & Crew
|Spencer Tracy||Capt. C.G. Culpepper|
|Milton Berle||J. Russell Finch|
|Sid Caesar||Melville Crump|
|Buddy Hackett||Benjy Benjamin|
|Mickey Rooney||Ding Bell|
|Ethel Merman||Mrs. Marcus|
|Phil Silvers||Otto Meyer|
|Dick Shawn||Sylvester Marcus|
|Jimmy Durante||Smiler Grogan|
|Buster Keaton||Jimmy the Crook|
|Jonathan Winters||Lennie Pike|
|Edie Adams||Monica Crump|
|Dorothy Provine||Emmeline Finch|
|Eddie "Rochester" Anderson||Cab Driver|
|Jim Backus||Tyler Fitzgerald|
|Ben Blue||Airplane Pilot|
|Alan Carney||Police Sergeant|
|Barrie Chase||Mrs. Haliburton|
|William Demarest||Chief of Police|
|Peter Falk||Cab Driver|
|Paul Ford||Col. Wilberforce|
|Leo Gorcey||Cab Driver|
|Edward Everett Horton||Dinckler|
|Don Knotts||Nervous Man|
|Carl Reiner||Tower Control|
|Andy Devine||Sheriff Mason|
|Sterling Holloway||Fire Chief|
|Charles Lane||Airport Manager|
|ZaSu Pitts||Switchboard Operator|
|Madlyn Rhue||Police Secretary|
|Jesse White||Radio Tower Operator|
|Selma Diamond||Culpeper's Wife|
|Stan Freberg||Deputy Sheriff|
|Louise Glenn||Billie Sue|
|Ben Lessy||George, the Steward|
|Bobo Lewis||Pilot's Wife|
|Nick Stewart||Truck Driver|
|Sammee Tong||Chinese Laundryman|
|Howard Da Silva||Airport Officer|
|Don C. Harvey||Helicopter Observer|
|Allen Jenkins||Police Officer|
|Tom Kennedy||Traffic Cop|
|Harry Lauter||Radio Operator|
|Eddie Ryder||Tower Radioman|
|Terry-Thomas||J. Algernon Hawthorne|
|Joe E. Brown||Union Official|
|Jerry Lewis||Mad Driver|
|Curly Joe DeRita||Fireman|
|Linwood G. Dunn||Special Effects|
|Walter G. Elliott||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ernest Gold||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Gordon Gurnell||Art Director|
|Joseph Kish||Set Decoration/Design|
|Danny Lee||Special Effects|
|Rudolph Sternad||Production Designer|
|Bill Thomas||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Overture [2:47]
2. Credits [4:10]
3. The Smiler [10:12]
4. "Play It Straight" [7:51]
5. Fair Shares [9:54]
6. Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles [8:18]
7. Ray and Irwin's Garage [12:57]
8. Sylvester [11:09]
9. "It's a Race, Ain't It?" [8:44]
10. The Only Way to Fly [10:21]
11. Billie Sue and Ginger [6:15]
12. Entr'Acte/Mayday [10:46]
13. Bumper Cars [10:31]
14. "Keep Calm" [8:04]
15. The Big W [11:04]
16. "Bingo!" [8:19]
17. "Some Kinda Angle" [8:17]
18. Fire Escape [8:19]
19. Finale [5:08]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
1. Overture [2:25]
2. Credits [4:09]
3. The Smiler [10:25]
4. "Play It Straight" [7:52]
5. Fair Shares [13:39]
6. Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles [10:03]
7. Ray and Irwin's Garage [16:45]
8. Sylvester [14:23]
9. "It's a Race, Ain't It?" [11:37]
10. The Only Way to Fly [4:52]
11. Stolen Vehicle [8:43]
12. Billie Sue and Ginger [8:19]
13. Radio Calls and Entr'acte [9:40]
14. Mayday [9:41]
15. Throwing a Curve [11:44]
16. "Keep Calm" [8:56]
17. The Big W [12:17]
18. "Bingo!" [9:20]
19. "Some Kinda Angle" [8:22]
20. Fire Escape [8:46]
21. Finale [5:11]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Introductions [2:25]
2. Title Design [4:09]
3. Highway 74 [10:25]
4. Ernest Gold [7:52]
5. Directional Dialogue [13:39]
6. Comedians and Actors [10:03]
7. An Ancient Gag [16:45]
8. Surprise Cameos [14:23]
9. Trapped in the Canyon [11:37]
10. Culpeper's Motivation [4:52]
11. Far Out [8:43]
12. The Best Actor [8:19]
13. Road Show and Cinerama [9:40]
14. "The Story Thus Far" [9:41]
15. Buster Keaton [11:44]
16. "Off the Reservation" [8:56]
17. "Gasps of Recognition" [12:17]
18. "Speaking of Money" [9:20]
19. "A Big Leap of Faith" [8:22]
20. "Comedy Gold" [8:46]
21. The Ultimate Comedy [5:11]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #3 -- It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
1. Chapter 1 [24:54]
1. Chapter 1 [25:20]
1. Chapter 1 [35:05]
1. Chapter 1 [36:43]
1. Chapter 1 [37:35]
1. Chapter 1 [35:53]
2. Chapter 2 [:32]
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1963 Original Release
Sick With Laffing 1
Sick With Laffing 2
Stick Neck 1
Stick Neck 2
Original Road Show Teaser
General Release Trailer
Radio Ad 1
Radio Ad 2
Radio Ad 3
AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
Disc #2 -- It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
About the Extended Version
Play the Movie
Disc #3 -- It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Part One: "A Winter's Tale"
Part One: "A Winter's Tale": Chapters
Part Two: "Junket Into Madness"
Part Two: "Junket Into Madness": Chapters
Press Interview, 1963
Press Interview, 1963: Chapters
Stanley Kramer's Reunion with the Great Comedy Artists of Our Time
Stanley Kramer's Reunion with the Great Comedy Artists of Our Time: Chapters
The Last 70 MM Film Festival
The Last 70 MM Film Festival: Chapters
Sound and Vision
Sound and Vision: Chapters
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This is one picture you should not miss. Funny as all outdoors. It's a great cast especially Ethel Merman who gives one of her best performances. I laughed all the way through.
I have been watching this movie at least once a year since it's release in the 1960's and each time I pick up something that I missed before. Obviously when I saw it as a kid, I could really only laugh at the physical parts, but as an adult-oh my gravy-Ethel Merman is every man's mother in law nightmare! And the scene with her son Dick Shawn crying in the car"your baby's coming for you mama" -just too funny. There are so many lines in this movie that you will find yourself repeating to people and just laugh and laugh. Good clean fun without one curse word or nudity. Why can't they make movies like this anymore? A movie for all ages-don't miss this classic.
where else can you see almost every comedian of that time in one movie.not to mention that it is a movie for all ages. well done
Hi, my name is Chris Raymond, from Denham Springs, LA. I have never seen this movie. The reason for this is that I am trying to find information on my grandfather Julian Raymond. I was told that he had a very small part in either acting or producing this movie, I really do not know though. If anyone has any information at all I would greatly appreciate an e-mail from you @ Bigcrunk01@aol.com Thank you for your help. Chris Raymond
I am 50 years old. I watched this film when I was only 11 years old, and was never able to forget it. I do not think it is necessary to add anything else. This comedy is absolutely amazing.
This is absolutely the funniest movie I ever watched.
This is one movie that is definitely worth owning at all costs! I first saw this as a child when it was broadcast on tv in the 70's. You won't see another movie with a cast of this caliber - Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy (who gives a terrific performance as police detective who isn't what he seems to be), Ethel Merman, Sid Ceasar, Three Stooges, Phil Silvers, Jimmy Durante, the guy who played Thurston Howell III (the name of the actor escapes me!) Mickey Rooney, Peter Falk and others! It all starts when a group of drivers witness an old man ''kick the bucket'' but just before he does, he lets them all in on a secret - he knows where there is a stash of loot - and all they have to do is find the ''Big W''. Well the race is on!!! Along the way, they encounter mishaps, delays, a beatnick brother-in-law, a chinese laundry room, and a varied assortment of other obstacles. The ending is quite hilarious, though! This is absolutely one of my most favorite movies of all time and every role played out excellently.
I dare you to watch this movie and not laugh! The cast of characters, including cameo appearances, is too long to list. For the most enjoyment, view in the wide screen version.
This movie just keeps going with one funny act after another. Its great to see all of the greatest comedians together in one movie. And its fun to watch it to pick out the dozen or so cameo's.
If you like to laugh and laugh until you cry then don't miss seeing the movie!!
I remember my parents letting me watch this almost 30 years ago and I still laugh my butt off. If you want to laugh get this movie.
I first saw this movie when I was 21, 3 years ago. Granted I could only recognize half of the all-star cast and probably missed a few 'inside jokes' due to age, but i still highly enjoyed this movie. I'd recommend it to anyone of any age. total classic. note: the remake with Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, and that guy who plays Mr. Bean was good as well but i personally perfer the original.
I love this movie so much ... I remember my brother and I watching it all the time when we were young ... This movie brigns back lots of good memories and always brings back the laughter ... I would recommend this movie to EVERYONE!
I saw this movie on it's original release when it was in Cinerama. While this DVD is a 'widescreen' format, the 'widescreen' is only the middle third of the three Cinerama screens, so you're only seeing one-third of the movie but still that one-third is immensely better than a television formatted screening. The cast is legendary (Jim Backus is the name one reviewer was trying to remember). The extras are extraordinary (especially the documentary interviews with cast members). The most important quality that makes it a classic is it's watchability. I never tire of seeing it again, and I've literally watched it dozens of times. If you've never seen it, you must. If you haven't seen it in so long you can't recall when the last time was, you must watch it again. If you're too young to remember any of the cast, it doesn't matter. This is the one in which to discover them!
This movie is loaded with every kind of comedy, from outrageous slapstick to the more rare subtle sight gag. I can remember getting hysterical with laughter in the theater the first time I saw it. Worth at least one viewing.
So good that they just remade it as ''Ratrace''. This is a chance to watch some of the best commedians of the century at work. Add in some zany stunts and a half-dozen great set-pieces and you have a wonderful evening's entertainment.
The first time I saw It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, I couldn't stop the laughing. Even now when I still watch it, I can't control my laughter. This movie definetly deserves 5 stars!
This film is worth owning only because of the cast. How wonderful to see greats like Leo Gorcey, Zasu Pitts, Buster Keaton and the Three Stooges! I wish Stan laurel had said yes. The film itself is just ok, very slow at times and long stretches between laughs.
I saw this when it came out at a theater and never laughed so hard before or since. My sides actually ached with laughter. One of the BEST comedy movies ever made.
I have watched this movie many times and it always brings me to tears from laughing so much.......
This is the funniest motion picture I ever saw, bar none. The storyline and associated actors work in perfect harmony to produce a comedic masterpiece. I am amazed that some film reviewers dislike this movie, but that is their loss.
If you want to see a film that takes you away from the day to day stress of everyday life, look no farther. ''Mad Mad Mad World Is, in my opinion, one of, if not the funniest movies hollywood has ever produced. Not only does it have perhaps the greatest comedic talent of the twentieth century as a cast, but the plot is ingenious. Every time I watch it, it gets funnier, if that's possible. Great film. The very best.
Every summer as a child my brother and I would go to the Saturday matinee and every summer they would show It's a Mad, Mad World. I loved every minute of it. My favorite scenes are Buddy Hacket and Mickey Rooney in the plane buzzing that crazy tower. Also Ethel Merman hanging upside down with her girdle showing as keys are being shaken out of her bosom. It is a wonderful show. When will it be on DVD??????
Hilarious! You have to see this movie at least 10 times to appreciate the incredibly written script. This is a one of a kind movie and we will probably never get to see anything like it again: Will any movie ever be made again with so many of the greatest comedy stars of the same generation (the actors salaries would make the movie the most expensive in history!). The big question is: Why is it not on DVD yet!!!
What can be said about Mad World that hasn't already been told? Stanley Kramer's ultimate slapstick fantasy, it combines the basic instincts of greed and survival into one three hour package of non-stop laughs. From the moment that Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante) kicks that bucket down the hill, until the final credits roll, there is not one frame of film that isn't crammed with laughter. If you have only seen this movie once, you haven't seen the whole picture, and with the wide-screen version available now, it's possible to see the subtle bits of business that Kramer inserted into every scene, many of them classic bits of comedy from the cast themselves. Watch for Jim Backus rolling around in the back of the airplane in the billboard sequence, when he is clearly seen laughing out loud when he is supposed to be knocked out cold. Other classic bits are the gas station destruction scene, and the Phil Silvers/ Don Knotts ''I'm from the CIA'' scene. I'm not telling too much about this picture, believe me. I feel that anyone who sees ''It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World'' just once will want to see it again and again, as it as stood the test of time because it is simply the funniest movie ever made.