It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
, Milton Berle
Milton Berle
, Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
, Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
Stanley Kramer
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
, Milton Berle
Milton Berle
, Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
, Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
Stanley Kramer

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0715515204712
Original Release: 1963
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:43:00
Sales rank: 3,676

Special Features

Restored 4k digital transfer of the general release version of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack; 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, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; 2013 Audio Commentary featuring It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World afcionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo; 2013 documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring interviews with Visual-Effects Special 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 70 min 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 2013 introduction by Freberg; Trailers and radio spots; Plus: An essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by legendary cartoonist Jack Davis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Marvin Kaplan Irwin
Charles Lane Airport Manager
Charles McGraw Lieutenant
ZaSu Pitts Switchboard Operator
Madlyn Rhue Police Secretary
Arnold Stang Ray
Jesse White Radio Tower Operator
Lloyd Corrigan Mayor
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
Norman Fell Detective
Nicholas Georgiade Detective
Paul Birch Patrolman
Chick Chandler Actor
Stanley Clements Actor
Howard Da Silva Airport Officer
Roy Engel Actor
Don C. Harvey Helicopter Observer
Allen Jenkins Police Officer
Tom Kennedy Traffic Cop
Harry Lauter Radio Operator
Cliff Norton Actor
Barbara Pepper Actor
Roy Roberts Actor
Eddie Ryder Tower Radioman
Doodles Weaver Salesman
Terry-Thomas J. Algernon Hawthorne
Joe E. Brown Union Official
Mike Mazurki Sarge
Jerry Lewis Mad Driver
Minta Durfee Actor
Larry Fine Fireman
Moe Howard Fireman
Curly Joe DeRita Fireman
John Zaccaro Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Mack David Songwriter
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Walter G. Elliott Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Fowler Editor
Ernest Gold Score Composer,Songwriter
Gordon Gurnell Art Director
Robert Jones Editor
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Frederic Knudtson Editor
George Lane Makeup
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Danny Lee Special Effects
Carey Loftin Stunts
Lynn Reynolds Makeup
Tania Rose Screenwriter
William Rose Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Willens Stunts
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