It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
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With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl Reiner, Terry-Thomas, Arnold Stang, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, and The Three Stooges, who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. Two prominent comedians are conspicuous by their absence: Groucho Marx refused to appear when Kramer couldn't meet his price, while Stan Laurel declined because he felt he was too old-looking to be funny. Available for years in its 154-minute general release version, the film was restored to its roadshow length of 175 minutes on home video; the search goes on for a missing Buster Keaton routine, reportedly excised on the eve of the picture's premiere. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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|Grouping Title||it s a mad mad mad mad world|
|Grouping Author||united artists|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-14 12:32:14PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-14 12:33:27PM|
Caesar, Sid, 1922-
Hackett, Buddy, 1924-2003.
Rose, William, 1918-
Silvers, Phil, 1911-1985.
Tracy, Spencer, 1900-1967.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
United Artists Corporation.
|display_description||When a goofy assortment of motorists unexpectedly learn the whereabouts of a stolen fortune, they speed off on a side-splitting, car-bashing race for the loot.|
|itype_catalog||ADULT FLOATING DVD|
WDP DVD ADULT
|local_callnumber_catalog||DVD FICTION IT'S A MAD|
|owning_library_catalog||Sacramento Public Library|
|subject_facet||California -- Drama|
Films for the hearing impaired
Treasure troves -- Drama
|title_display||It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world|
|title_full||It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world [videorecording] / Stanley Kramer presents a United Artists release ; story and screenplay by William & Tania Rose ; produced and directed by Stanley Kramer|
|title_short||It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world|