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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. T. G. Culpepper
... J. Russell Finch
... Melville Crump
... Benjy Benjamin
... Mrs. Marcus
... Ding Bell
... Sylvester Marcus
... Otto Meyer
... J. Algernon Hawthorne
... Lennie Pike
... Monica Crump
... Emeline Marcus-Finch
... Second Cab Driver
... Tyler Fitzgerald
... Biplane Pilot
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Storyline

The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan, who, before kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, under the Big W. All of the motorists set out to find the fortune. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

2 December 1963 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000, 31 December 1970
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(Westrex Recording System) (35mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.76 : 1
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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

When Ding and Benjy are up in the airplane trying to radio for help, the headphones hanging behind Benjy are seen off and on his head between shots. See more »

Quotes

Otto Meyer: [when the kid shows him a very steep hill] Over there? Over THERE? Down *there*?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a sequence of gags all related to a globe of the world. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Suhana Safar (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by an offscreen chorus during the Overture
Variations in the score throughout the film
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A classic you'll never get tired of watching
24 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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