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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World -- On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plansand their lives! After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the lootand the most side-splitting laughfest in history.

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2 December 1963 (UK) See more »
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If ever this mad, mad, mad, mad world needed "It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world" it's now! (1970 re-release) See more »
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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Capt. T. G. Culpepper

Milton Berle ... J. Russell Finch

Sid Caesar ... Melville Crump

Buddy Hackett ... Benjy Benjamin

Ethel Merman ... Mrs. Marcus

Mickey Rooney ... Ding Bell

Dick Shawn ... Sylvester Marcus

Phil Silvers ... Otto Meyer

Terry-Thomas ... J. Algernon Hawthorne

Jonathan Winters ... Lennie Pike

Edie Adams ... Monica Crump

Dorothy Provine ... Emeline Marcus-Finch

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Second Cab Driver

Jim Backus ... Tyler Fitzgerald
Ben Blue ... Biplane Pilot

Joe E. Brown ... Union Official

Alan Carney ... Police Sergeant

Chick Chandler ... Policeman Outside Ray & Irwin's Garage

Barrie Chase ... Sylvester's Girlfriend
Lloyd Corrigan ... The Mayor

William Demarest ... Police Chief Aloysius

Andy Devine ... Sheriff of Crockett County
Selma Diamond ... Ginger Culpepper (voice)

Peter Falk ... Third Cab Driver

Norman Fell ... Detective at Grogan's Crash Site

Paul Ford ... Col. Wilberforce

Stan Freberg ... Deputy Sheriff
Louise Glenn ... Billie Sue Culpepper (voice)

Leo Gorcey ... First Cab Driver

Sterling Holloway ... Fire Chief

Marvin Kaplan ... Irwin

Edward Everett Horton ... Mr. Dinckler

Buster Keaton ... Jimmy the Crook

Don Knotts ... Nervous Motorist

Charles Lane ... Airport Manager

Mike Mazurki ... Miner

Charles McGraw ... Lt. Matthews
Cliff Norton ... Reporter

Zasu Pitts ... Gertie - Switchboard Operator

Carl Reiner ... Tower Controller at Rancho Conejo

Madlyn Rhue ... Secretary Schwartz

Roy Roberts ... Policeman Outside Irwin & Ray's Garage

Arnold Stang ... Ray
Nick Stewart ... Migrant Truck Driver
The Three Stooges ... Firemen
Sammee Tong ... Chinese Laundryman

Jesse White ... Radio Tower Operator at Rancho Conejo

Jimmy Durante ... Smiler Grogan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Morey Amsterdam ... Uncle Mike (voice) (uncredited)
Wayne Anderson ... Extra (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
Al Bain ... Spectator (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Man in Car in Desert (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Observer at Airfield (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Fireman (uncredited)
John Clarke ... Helicoper Pilot (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe DeRita ... Fireman (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Airport Official (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Woman in Final Crowd (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Patrolman / Police Radio Voice Unit F-14 (uncredited)

Larry Fine ... Fireman (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Air Traffic Controller (uncredited)
Nicholas Georgiade ... Detective at Grogan's Crash Site (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Spectator (uncredited)

Stacy Harris ... Police Radio Unit F-7 (voice) (uncredited)

Don C. Harvey ... Policeman in Helicopter (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Spectator (uncredited)

Moe Howard ... Fireman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Hard Hat in Crowd (uncredited)

Allen Jenkins ... Cop (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Officer Sammy (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)

Ben Lessy ... George (uncredited)
Bobo Lewis ... Pilot's Wife (uncredited)

Jerry Lewis ... Driver Running Over Hat (uncredited)
Bob Mazurki ... Eddie, The Miner's Son (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Police Radio Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Spectator (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Observer Outside Laundry (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Woman on Phone at Garage (uncredited)

Elliott Reid ... Dr. Chadwick (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Rosson ... Eddie (uncredited)
George Russell ... Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Ryder ... Air Traffic Control Tower Staffer (uncredited)
Jean Sewell ... Woman in Migrant Truck (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Crowd Member (uncredited)
Eddie Smith ... (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ... Hardhat in crowd next to Joe E Brown. (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Spectator (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Spectator (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Hardware Store Clerk (uncredited)
Lennie Weinrib ... F-14 / Ladder Fireman (voice) (uncredited)
Danele Young ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
William Rose (story) &
Tania Rose (story)

William Rose (screenplay) &
Tania Rose (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. (film editor)
Robert C. Jones (film editor)
Frederic Knudtson (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Gordon Gurnee 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
George Lane .... makeup artist
Connie Nichols .... hairdresser
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Steven Clensos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rolf Miller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Adrian Woolery .... production manager: animation (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George R. Batcheller Jr. .... assistant director (as George Batcheller)
Bert Chervin .... assistant director
Charles Scott .... assistant director
Carey Loftin .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Jack Davis .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Roy Granville .... sound re-recordist
John K. Kean .... sound engineer (as John Kean)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
Vinton Vernon .... sound re-recordist
Glenn E. Anderson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Richard Portman .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special effects
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects
Farciot Edouart .... process photographer
James B. Gordon .... photographic effects
Jim Danforth .... miniature maker (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
Willis H. O'Brien .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt supervisor
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunt double (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... high wire stunt double: Spencer Tracy (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunt double: Buddy Hackett (uncredited)
Chuck Couch .... stunt double: Terry-Thomas (uncredited)
Philip Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Gabourie .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunt double: Jonathan Winters (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double: Jimmy Durante (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double: Terry-Thomas (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunt double: Milton Berle (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunt double: Jonathan Winters (uncredited)
Janos Prohaska .... stunt double: Peter Falk (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunt double: Dick Shawn (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Saxe .... stunt double: Sid Caesar (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Ethel Merman (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Marvin Willens .... stunt double: Phil Silvers (uncredited)
Marvin Willens .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Edesa .... chief gaffer (as Joe Edesa)
Dick Johnson .... assistant cameraman (as Richard Johnson)
Martin Kashuk .... assistant company grip
Hal McAlpin .... additional photographer (as Hal A. McAlpin)
Irmin Roberts .... additional photographer (as Irman Roberts)
Morris Rosen .... company grip
Charles F. Wheeler .... camera operator (as Charles Wheeler)
James V. King .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Hal McAlpin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Woolf .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Bob Carlson .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Hugh Childs .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Tab Collar .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Art Goodman .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Bernard Gruver .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Oscar Hansson .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Ruth Kissane .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Bror Lansing .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Ed Levitt .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Mary Mathews .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Bill Melendez .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Carl Pederson .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Beverly Robbins .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Charles Smith .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Danny Smith .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Frank Smith .... animator: titles (uncredited)
Irene Wyman .... animator: titles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Mack David .... lyricist: songs
Art Dunham .... music editor
The Four Mads .... musician: dance sequence
Ernest Gold .... composer: songs
The Shirelles .... singers: dance sequence
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
William Brittan .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... conductor (uncredited)
Ernest Gold .... musician: dance sequence (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Helfer .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Jona Korn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Marshall Glenn .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
Anne P. Kramer .... assistant to producer (as Anne Kramer)
Stanley Kramer .... presenter
Paul Mantz .... aerial supervisor
Bud Pine .... production coordinator
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Frank Tallman .... aerial supervisor
Ivan Volkman .... assistant to director
Clarence Agress .... physician: Mr. Silvers (uncredited)
Robert E. Blair .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Vance Boyd .... security guard (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz .... director: animated title sequence (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
USA:154 min (edited version) | USA:174 min (restored video version) | 182 min (Laserdisc version) (extended re-edit) | 192 min (original version) | 205 min (roadshow version) | USA:197 min (extended version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/6 | Portugal:M/12 (edited version) | Portugal:M/6 (re-rating) (uncut) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #20263) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (1970) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During filming of the infamous "gas station" destruction, Jonathan Winters was accidentally left on stage and completely bound in thick tape. Hours later, when the cast returned from lunch, they found that he had not even been able to free his arms from the chair. In retaliation, Winters gave a three-hour lecture to Arnold Stang and Marvin Kaplan on forced potty training.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scene, Smiler Grogan actually overtakes two more cars than just the four that actually stop at the crash site. In the very first shot we see Smiler overtake Pike's van and approach Dingy and Benjy in their VW convertible, and we see the road curving back to the left again within the shot, and in the extension of the road further back in the shot we can actually see that Crump's station wagon and Finch's white Imperial convertible are the next two cars Smiler will reach and have to overtake. But in the shots in between overtaking the VW and Crump's station wagon, two additional cars seem to appear and then disappear again. A white sedan, looking very much like the ones we see two of together with Captain Culpepers identical black one much later in the movie, and a purplish-colored sedan. Right before Smiler comes up to and overtakes the white one, they meet a Greyhound bus that honks. The overtaking of the purple-like sedan is then followed in two shots. Right after this has been overtaken, Smiler passes Crump's station wagon. However, in this shot we can clearly see a lonely driver with no passenger in it. Mere seconds later, Smiler passes Finch's car and goes off the cliff, and only four of the six cars we have just seen him overtake are there to stop at the site...See more »
Quotes:
Sylvester Marcus:[Benji and Dingy run by] Who are they?
Mrs. Marcus:I don't know.
Sylvester Marcus:From this morning?
Mrs. Marcus:Yes.
Sylvester Marcus:[Captain Culpeper goes by] Who is he?
Mrs. Marcus:I don't know.
Sylvester Marcus:[Otto Meyer runs by] Who is he?
Mrs. Marcus:I don't know.
Sylvester Marcus:Mama, how many people are mixed up in this thing?
[the two cab drivers run by]
[...]
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52 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A King With a Hundred Jesters, 2 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World has to be the funniest film ever made because no one, but Stanley Kramer ever got so many funny people together in one film. With a cast headed by his favorite dramatic player to boot.

Four out of Spencer Tracy's last five films were made for Stanley Kramer. The others, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner dealt with weighty issues like, free speech, genocide, and interracial marriage. What It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World deals with is greed, simple normal human greed. If something looks too good to be true, chances are it is.

Jimmy Durante an old time crook crashes off a highway and down a steep cliff. He's on the way to digging up the loot from a $350,000.00 robbery from years ago. His dying words tell those people went to aid him where in Santa Rosita Park the loot is buried. Off the group of them go, every man and woman for themselves, with some alliances of family and convenience. A few more treasure seekers get picked up along the way.

That barebones plot description doesn't begin to tell you about some of the funny sequences that follow, Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney in a private plane with a drunken pilot Jim Backus passed out, Edie Adams and Sid Caesar trapped in a hardware store desperately trying to get out, Jonathan Winters as the lunkhead truck driver generally running amuck wherever he goes, and Milton Berle the henpecked husband of all time married to the beautiful Dorothy Provine, her braindead brother Dick Shawn and Ethel Merman the mother-in-law from hell. Berle has a package deal and when you watch the film, you'll see what I mean.

Along the way, the treasure hunters pick up Terry-Thomas, Phil Silvers, Peter Falk and Eddie Anderson. And they leave a whole lot of some of the best character actors and comedians who each in their own way contributes a certain specialty they're famous for.

There are two unbilled appearances by Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis each in situations that show off their peculiar style of comedy.

Watching it all is Spencer Tracy as the Captain of Detectives of the Santa Rosita, Police Department both before the camera and between takes. I remember seeing a quotation by Stanley Kramer that with all these comedians on the set, Tracy was like a king with a hundred jesters, each looking to amuse him. Tracy besides keeping track of this freak show has some domestic problems of his own which are told in telephone conversations with the city pension bureau, his wife, and his daughter. Tracy's expressions are priceless.

My favorite in this film has always been Ethel Merman. Mainly because I know someone back in Brooklyn named Gladys who's exactly like Ethel is here right down to the flaming red hair. I haven't lived in Brooklyn for nine years now, but reports I get say she hasn't changed. I can't watch this film and see Merman without thinking of dear Gladys and the schlump that married her.

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is about greed, yet greed has never been presented with such rip roaring humor as it is in this film. For those who need a good laugh and who in this world doesn't.

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