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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World ()


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A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations.
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Capt. T. G. Culpepper
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J. Russell Finch
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Melville Crump
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Benjy Benjamin
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Mrs. Marcus
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Ding Bell
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Sylvester Marcus
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Otto Meyer
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J. Algernon Hawthorne
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Lennie Pike
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Monica Crump
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Emeline Marcus-Finch
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Second Cab Driver
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Tyler Fitzgerald
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Biplane Pilot
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Union Official
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Police Sergeant
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Policeman Outside Ray & Irwin's Garage
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Sylvester's Girlfriend
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The Mayor
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Police Chief Aloysius
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Sheriff of Crockett County
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Ginger Culpepper (voice)
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Third Cab Driver
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Detective at Grogan's Crash Site
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Col. Wilberforce
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Deputy Sheriff
Louise Glenn ...
Billie Sue Culpepper (voice)
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First Cab Driver
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Fire Chief
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Irwin
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Mr. Dinckler
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Jimmy the Crook
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Nervous Motorist
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Airport Manager
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Miner
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Lt. Matthews
Cliff Norton ...
Reporter
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Gertie - Switchboard Operator
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Tower Controller at Rancho Conejo
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Secretary Schwartz
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Policeman Outside Irwin & Ray's Garage
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Ray
Nick Stewart ...
Migrant Truck Driver
The Three Stooges ...
Firemen
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Chinese Laundryman
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Radio Tower Operator at Rancho Conejo
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Smiler Grogan
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Uncle Mike (uncredited) (voice)
Wayne Anderson ...
Extra (uncredited)
Gordon Armitage ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
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Man in Car in Desert (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Matron (uncredited)
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Observer at Airfield (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
John Clarke ...
Helicoper Pilot (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
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Airport Official (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ...
Woman in Final Crowd (uncredited)
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Patrolman / Police Radio Voice Unit F-14 (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
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Patrolman (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Air Traffic Controller (uncredited)
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Detective at Grogan's Crash Site (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Police Radio Unit F-7 (uncredited) (voice)
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Policeman in Helicopter (uncredited)
Al Haskell ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
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Hard Hat in Crowd (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Officer Sammy (uncredited)
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Traffic Cop (uncredited)
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Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
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George (uncredited)
Bobo Lewis ...
Pilot's Wife (uncredited)
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Driver Running Over Hat (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ...
Police Radio Voice (uncredited) (voice)
Ralph Moratz ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Observer Outside Laundry (uncredited)
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Woman on Phone at Garage (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Dr. Chadwick (uncredited) (voice)
Eddie Rosson ...
Eddie (uncredited)
George Russell ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Ryder ...
Air Traffic Control Tower Staffer (uncredited)
Jean Sewell ...
Woman in Migrant Truck (uncredited)
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Crowd Member (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ...
Hardhat in crowd next to Joe E Brown. (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
David Ward ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Hardware Store Clerk (uncredited)
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F-14 / Ladder Fireman (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Stanley Kramer

Written by

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William Rose ... (story) &
Tania Rose ... (story)
 
William Rose ... (screenplay) &
Tania Rose ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Stanley Kramer ... producer

Music by

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Ernest Gold

Cinematography by

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Ernest Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gene Fowler Jr. ... film editor
Robert C. Jones ... film editor
Frederic Knudtson ... film editor

Production Design by

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Rudolph Sternad

Art Direction by

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Gordon Gurnee

Set Decoration by

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Joseph Kish

Costume Design by

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Bill Thomas

Makeup Department

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George Lane ... makeup artist
Connie Nichols ... hairdresser
Lynn F. Reynolds ... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Steven Clensos ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rolf Miller ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dick Smith ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Clem Beauchamp ... production manager
Adrian Woolery ... production manager: animation (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Art Cole ... property master
Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Danny Lee ... special effects
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Linwood G. Dunn ... photographic effects
Farciot Edouart ... process photographer
James B. Gordon ... photographic effects
Jim Danforth ... miniature maker (uncredited) / stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado ... miniatures (uncredited)
Willis H. O'Brien ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Carey Loftin ... stunt supervisor
Max Balchowsky ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley ... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss ... stunt double (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler ... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... high wire stunt double: Spencer Tracy (uncredited) / 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)
Bob Hoy ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunt double: Jonathan Winters (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunt double: Jimmy Durante (uncredited) / stunt double: Terry-Thomas (uncredited) / stunt driver (uncredited) / 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)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (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)
Eddie Smith ... 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) / stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Marvin Willens ... stunt double: Phil Silvers (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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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

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Joe King ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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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) / musician: dance sequence (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Helfer ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Jona Korn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Marshall Glenn ... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
Robert A. Harris ... producer: 2013 film restoration (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz ... director: animated title sequence (uncredited)
James C. Katz ... producer: 2013 film restoration (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • One Damn Thing After Another (United States)
  • It's a Mad World (United States)
  • Something a Little Less Serious (United States)
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (United States)
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Canada, English title)
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Runtime
  • 205 min
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Box Office

Budget $9,400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jack Benny's cameo role was originally offered to Stan Laurel, but Laurel turned it down; when his best friend and partner Oliver Hardy died in 1957 he pledged never to perform again. He kept that promise for the rest of his life. See more »
Goofs In the far shot of Colonel Wilberforce falling off the air traffic control tower, we see the microphone he was holding dangling about a yard below him. But in the close-up he is holding it again. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bass on Titles (1977). See more »
Soundtracks It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World See more »
Crazy Credits When the globe explodes and credits fall everywhere, the credits of the animators who worked on the title sequence can be seen. See more »
Quotes J. Algernon Hawthorne: I must say, if I had the grievous misfortune to be a citizen of this benighted country, I should be the most hesitant at offering any criticism whatever of any other.
J. Russell Finch: Wait a minute, are you knocking this country? Are you saying something against America?
J. Algernon Hawthorne: Against it? I should be positively astounded to hear of anything that could be said FOR it. Why, the whole bloody place is the most unspeakable matriarchy in the whole history of civilization! Look at yourself, and the way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated. They're like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis, while their women sit under hairdryers, eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother's Day! And this positively infantile preoccupation with bosoms. In all my time in this wretched, godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all is this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don't you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything. I'll wager you anything you like: if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight.
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