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
Jimmy Durante's cameo as "Smiler Grogan," complete with a closeup in Ultra Panavision, would become Durante's final theatrical feature film. See more »
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 »
Police Chief Aloysius:
[reaming the Mayor out over the phone]
I have enough stuff in my private files, stuff relating to civic building, road contracts, harbor and cannery projects, enough stuff to put you, the D.A., myself, and a two-thirds majority behind bars for the next 20 years! And I give you my word, that's *exactly* where everybody's going, unless things start happening now!
Like what, for instance?
Police Chief Aloysius:
I want the pension for Culpeper's grade trebled. Not doubled, trebled! I want Culpeper to retire with honor. I ...
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The opening credits are a sequence of gags all related to a globe of the world. See more »
had a longer, earlier scene (cut after premiere). In it, Culpepper telephone's Jimmy at his dockside warehouse and discusses his plans to use Jimmy's boat to escape to Mexico with the stolen money. See more »
Yes, It's Loud But It's An Incredible Comedy Classic
Well, if I named all the famous comedians who were in this film it would a long, long review. Just check the credits - it's unbelievable! Suffice to say, it was an "all-star" cast of everybody you could think of who was a big-name comedian in 1963 including some old-timers like Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle, etc. Add a famous dramatic actor, Spencer Tracy, to the mix,, too, and you have one of the most famous comedies ever put on film.
When I saw this in the theater, and even in the '80s on tape, I liked it immensely, but now it's just a bit loud and too much for me in spots. I'm either getting too old or this film is getting to look dated and corny.....probably both. However, if you want three hours of pure lunacy and escapist fare, you could do a whole lot worse.
Despite all the shouting, this film has some of the all-time most memorable comedy scenes ever put on film. Plus, unlike today's comedies, there is no profanity, no sex, no blood....just silliness and one wild scene after another, with an unbelievable slapstick ending atop a building.
For anyone who collects movies, or enjoys a good laugh, this a "must" for your collection, and I don't say that very often. However, as I get older, all that yelling and screaming has made me downgrade my rating from 10 to 9 to 8 and now 7.
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