Stanley Kramer's 1963 Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a sprawling comedy about a search for buried treasure by at least a dozen people--all played by well-known entertainers of their day--is the kind of mass comedy that has recently come back to the for-front of Hollywood with the film Rat Race. After a number of strangers (including Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers and others) witness a dying stranger (Jimmy Durante) identify the location of hidden money, a conflict-ridden hunt begins, watched over carefully by a suspicious cop (Spencer Tracy).... The ensuing two and a half hours of mayhem has its ups and downs--some sketches and performers are certainly funnier than others. But Kramer, who is better known for socially conscious, serious cinema (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?), is in a mood for broad comic characterization, and some of his jokes are so intentionally obvious (Durante literally kicks a bucket when he dies), they could have derived from the Airplane! reject bin. Watch for lots of cameo appearances, including Jerry Lewis. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play When an auto-crash victim (Jimmy Durante) reveals that he&39;s hidden a fortune of stolen cash a star-studded traffic jam of motorists sets out to uncover the money The film features one of the largest collections of American comedians ever put together on celluloid resulting in a wacky far-out treasure hunt filled with sharp one-liners plenty of pitfalls and double takes and unstoppable slapstick humor led by Jonathan Winters Phil Silvers Milton Berle Buddy Hackett Mickey Rooney Sid Caesar and Ethel Merman among countless others Spencer Tracy stars as the straight cop who wouldn&39;t mind retiring with his own little nest egg Directed by Stanley Kramer this film of a thousand laughs was nominated for half a dozen Academy Awards Actors Spencer Tracy Sid Caesar Milton Berle Buddy Hackett Ethel Merman Jimmy Durante Mickey Rooney Jonathan Winters Phil Silvers Dick Shawn Terry-Thomas Edie Adams Dorothy Provine Jim Backus William Demarest Peter Falk & Paul Ford Director Stanley Kramer Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1963 Screen Widescreen 2351 Anamorphic Languages German English - Dolby Digital (51) Additional Languages Spanish (Mono) Subtitles Spanish ; Swedish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Danish ; English For The Hard Of Hearing ; German for The Hard Of Hearing Duration 2 hours and 28 minutes (approx)
Stanley Kramer directs this classic comedy with an all-star cast including Spencer Tracy, Phil Silvers, Ethel Merman and Mickey Rooney. When criminal Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante) gets released from prison, his first stop is a spot in a California park where he hid $350,000. However, en route he has a car accident and finds himself being helped by a group of complete strangers. With his dying breath he tells the good samaritans where to find his fortune, but when they fail to agree on how to share the money, they each set off on a treasure hunt of their own with the aim of getting there first. The cast also includes Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Edie Adams.