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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 December 1963 (UK)
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.

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Storyline

After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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2 December 1963 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$9,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Arnold Stang said in an interview that Stanley Kramer offered to replace him in the cast, since his arm was broken, with full pay. He said that he told Kramer he would have taken the role even if he had lost his arm. See more »

Goofs

The Willy used for the blue-screens is a 2-wheel drive. During his argument with Finch shortly before the crash, Hawthorne shifts gears, revealing the three-on-the-tree shift steering column used only on the 2-wheel drive. However, after the crash, Hawthorne and Finch crawl out of a 4-wheel drive Willy, its logos visible on the tailgate and side of the hood, as well as its distinctive axle. See more »

Quotes

Lennie Pike: All right lady, are you gonna get out or am I gonna have to throw you out?
Emmeline Finch: Oh please Mr. Pike, don't get upset.
Mrs. Marcus: He's not gonna do anything! Drive on, ya big stupid idiot!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are set against an animated background that interacts with the credit lettering. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Joey Bishop Show: My Buddy, My Buddy (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Thirty-one Flavors
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Mack David
Played by The Four Mads
Sung by The Shirelles
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A Comedy Classic that Still Holds Up...
28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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