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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 »
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 and screenplay) (as William) &
Tania Rose (story and 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)
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: 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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Additional Details

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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)
Aspect Ratio:
2.76 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
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?

On 17 November 1963, the day before the movie opened for the public in New York, there was a much-publicized gala charity premiere benefit at the Cinerama Theater for the Kennedy Child Study Center in New York and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Institute of Washington. In addition to the stars in attendance, most of President Kennedy's family was there, including his mother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and brothers Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas five days later.See more »
Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, where the Smiler is passing everyone on the road, Melville Crump's car keeps changing from a station wagon (which is what he was driving) to a four door sedan.See more »
J. Russell Finch:Lets stop arguing please! The only reason were together is because they only had one car. So lets get there, even if we are last.
J. Algernon Hawthorne:Whatever the outcome of the day I shall never forget that you hit me when I wasn't even looking!
J. Russell Finch:[smiling] yeah.
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62 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A classic you'll never get tired of watching, 24 January 2006
Author: Mike S from United States

My parents took us when we were little kids and we saw It's a Mad Mad Mad World in 1964. I don't remember much about it because I was only 6 years old back then, but I do remember the audience in the movie theater laughing continuously.

I bought the DVD, which was remastered in DTS Surround Sound, a couple of months ago and it's definitely a good comedy classic to have. My parents came over and they watched it on my High Definition 52" DLP TV, with Surround Sound and they loved it. There's never a dull moment in it because it's good clean comedy that doesn't have to rely on vulgar language, nudity or violence to win the approval of crowds. They definitely don't make movies like that anymore, that's why I gave it a rating of 10.

Although most of the actors in it have passed on, I still love the comedy and acting styles of Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Terry Thomas and others, plus there are cameo appearances in there with Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny and The Three Stooges.

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