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William Rose (story) &
Tania Rose (story)
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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 ... Detective Outside Chinese Laundromat

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:
Joe DeRita ... Fireman (as The Three Stooges)

Larry Fine ... Fireman (as The Three Stooges)

Moe Howard ... Fireman (as The Three Stooges)
Wayne Anderson ... Extra (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Garage Mechanic (uncredited)

Max Baer Jr. ... Son in law (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Man in Car in Desert (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wally Brown ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Clarke ... Helicoper Pilot (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Detective in Squad Room (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Woman in Final Crowd (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Patrolman / Police Radio Voice Unit F-14 (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Nicholas Georgiade ... Detective at Grogan's Crash Site (uncredited)
Stacy Harris ... Police Radio Unit F-7 (voice) (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Policeman in Helicopter (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Hard Hat in Crowd (uncredited)

Allen Jenkins ... Cop (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Officer Simmy (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)
Ralph Moratz ... Spectator (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... (uncredited)
Eddie Ryder ... Air Traffic Control Tower Staffer (uncredited)
Jean Sewell ... Woman in Migrant Truck (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Crowd Member (uncredited)
Eddie Smith ... (uncredited)
Paul Sorenson ... Hardhat in crowd next to Joe E Brown. (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Hardware Store Clerk (uncredited)
Danele Young ... Extra (uncredited)
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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)
 
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: 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 .... musician: dance sequence (uncredited)
Robert Helfer .... music coordinator (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)
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Color (Technicolor)
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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

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Trivia:
Film debut of Jonathan Winters.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Lennie pulls Ray or Irwin (stunt double) down from the ceiling, it soon collapses, exposing the crane and tether holding it up.See more »
Quotes:
J. Russell Finch:I don't know, I must find my wife. I don't know what to do.
J. Algernon Hawthorne:Look, wherever they are, surely the most sensible thing for the two of us to do is to press on. I mean for all we know, your brother-in-law may be out or away somewhere. And even if he were the first to be there, he still has to find the money, hasn't he? Now I earnestly recommend that we forget your good ladies and press on with all possible dispatch.
J. Russell Finch:[mockingly] All right, we'll press on with all possible dispatch.
J. Algernon Hawthorne:And I don't really think that personal rancor is going to help the situation. If I may say so.
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129 out of 155 people found the following review useful.
More than the sum of its parts, 20 March 2001
Author: Ephraim Gadsby from USA

Often accused of being less than the sum of its parts, "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is one of the most precious gems in filmdom. True, it's far from being the funniest movie ever. Once, when Monty Python was putting a film together, they found that after fifty-odd minutes the audience stopped laughing. Thinking it was the material, they recut it so the latter material came out first. The audience still stopped laughing at fifty-odd minutes, even with what MP assumed the funnier materials backloaded. The fact is, people can only laugh so long.

Even armed with the information that an audience cannot sustain laughter for three hours, "Mad World" is not overwhelmingly funny. Though lots of dialogue is amusing and all the performances are outstanding, but the movie suffers from a common delusion of people outside comedy, as Stanley Kramer was, that the mere vision of cars crashing is somehow funny in itself. One is reminded of the spectacular sequence in "1941" when a ferris wheel breaks loose and rolls off a pier into the ocean. The sequence itself is jaw-dropping and extremely well-done, and not funny for a moment.

The value in "Mad World" is its cast. Most of the big names in comedy in the 1950s and 1960s made it into the cast (Ernie Kovaks, arguably the brightest of the lot, originally cast in the Sid Caesar role, unfortunately died not long before shooting started). The casting of name comics in tiny roles doesn't do them justice: Stan Freberg has nothing to do but watch Andy Devine talk on the telephone; Doodles Weaver is an uncredited "Man Outside Hardware Store"; the Three Stooges merely show up to be recognized; even Jack Benny, in a miniscule role funny merely because he's in it, doesn't have an impact today because too few people remember who he was. Again, some milk their small roles for what they are worth, giving the movie an undercurrent of true humor beyond the principals: Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, Jesse White, Paul Ford, Jim Backus.

"Mad World" is most valuable simply because it is a cross-section of comedy in its day. Although he was talented in many ways, anyone unfamiliar with Phil Silvers will see him in a performance that was the epitome of what he was famous for. Dick Shawn's manic wildness is captured forever in a way that is little seen in his few other films. Terry-Thomas, whose brilliance was too often relegated to obscure British films rarely seen anymore, is a joy to watch and his British tilt provides a variation from Americans who learned their craft in the Catskills and Vaudeville. Jonathan Winters, whom Robin Williams used as a prototype, was the most gifted ad-lib comic of his day and rarely showed up well when he was constrained by a script and a sustained character, but he brings off many of the best laughs in this film, and, with Arnold Stang and Marvin Kaplan the most memorable set piece in the movie. Milton Berle and Micky Rooney both bring lifetimes of stage and screen work to the project, and their input was invaluable.

All the principals (Berle, Caesar, Adams, Rooney, Hackett, Terry-Thomas, Shawn, Silvers, Winters, Anderson, Falk) are good. Even the ones who seem to have been shorted of funny lines, like Edie Adams, and Eddie Anderson, nevertheless come off well. Although they blend well together, there is a subtle fight between them for attention, to steal a scene with a facial expressions (watch Adams' face, for instance, when Caesar drags her away, in front of the "Big W", though you may have to put it on slow-motion) or a bit of business. You can see each of them thinking, at all times. Each gives an intelligent performance, having laboriously hammered out their timing and their business, and they're all thinking, with the clockwork brains the best comedians have. They may not all be funny every minute, but every moment they know what they're doing, crafting better performances than many Oscar-winning serious actors have ever turned in.

Though the movie might be too bloated for the promised three hours' hilarious ride, with too much dependence on, "Hey, there's Edward Everett Horton flicking a switch!" But anyone who loves comedy and its history needs -- deserves -- to see the best in the business of comedy in 1963 interacting with their schtick, especially if they don't mind sitting through -- occasionally mindless -- car chases and crashes.

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