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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American Farcical Slapstick Car Chase Comedy Film produced by Stanley Kramer, Mack Sennett, Hal Roach, Jules White, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Felix Adler, Clyde Bruckman, Charles Lamont, Ludwig Bemelmans, John Hughes, Michael Jeter, Joe McEveety, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks, Jules White, David L. Selznick, Bob Hope, Tim Conway and Don Knotts, written by Ludwig Bemelmans and Mel Brooks, based on the Story Idea by William Rose, Tania Rose, Michael Jeter, John Hughes, Joe McEveety, Preston Sturges, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Mack Sennett, Hal Roach and Blake Edwards and Directed by Stanley Kramer about a Madcap, Raucous and Outrageously Zany pursuit of $350 Million in stolen cash by a diverse, hysterical and colorfully riotous group of Strangers.
The Esemble Comedy Film premiered on November 7, 1963 and was a Financial and Critical Success. The cast features Bud Abbott, Edie Adams, Gracie Allen, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, Wally Brown, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Alan Carney, Art Carney, Carol Channing, Imogene Coca, Tim Conway, Lou Costello, Bing Crosby, Joan Davis, Peter Falk, Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason, Buddy Hackett, Oliver Hardy, Judy Holiday, Bob Hope, Hank Jones, Don Knotts, Ernie Kovacs, Stan Laurel, Jack Lemmon, Harold Lloyd, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Walter Matthau, Groucho Marx, Ethel Merman, Zero Mostel, Donald O'Conner, Jack Paar, Dorothy Provine, Martha Raye, Carl Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles, Mickey Rooney, Peter Sellers, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Red Skelton, Terry Thomas and Jonathan Winters.
Stanley Kramer's another attempt at a Comedy film paid off immensely well, as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World became a stunning critical and commercial success in 1963 and went on to win seven Academy Awards, including Best Comedy Film and three Golden Globe Awards.
"Smiler" and "Frowner" Grogan (Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante), suspects in an old robbery and on the run from the Police, passes ten Vehicles on a twisting, swiggy and mountainous road in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California before careening their Car off the road and crashing into a Lake. All Ten Motorists stop to assist: Melville Crump (Sid Caesar), a Dentist; Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters), a furniture mover; Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) and Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), two Comedy Writers on their way to San Francisco; John Blooge (Mel Brooks), a Circus Clown; Jacky Driscoll (Ernie Kovacs), a Broadway Comedian; Garfield Rockefeller (Zero Mostel), a Playwright on his way to New York City; Norman (Jack Lemmon) and Borman Snively (Walter Matthau), two Second rate actors and J Russell Finch (Milton Berle), an Entrepenuer.
The dejected Men and Women, now immobile in a Prison Hospital in Badages and Casts, blame one another for their predicment, as well as criticizing Culpepper, Aloysius, Jimmy and the Grogans for seizing the Money.
- Sid Caesar as Melville Crump
- Edie Adams as Monica Crump
- Hank Jones as Danny Crump
- Carol Channing as Chloe Crump
- Mickey Rooney as Dingy Bell
- Buddy Hackett as Benjy Benjamin
- Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike
- Sidney Kibrick as Josh Blooge
- Mel Brooks as John Blooge
- Tommy Bond as Joe Blooge
- Lauren Bacall as Lisa Blooge
- George Burns as Mickey Blooge
- Gracie Allen as Nona Blooge
- Carl Reiner as Jeffery Finch
- Milton Berle as J. Russel Finch
- Judy Garland as Emily Finch
- Dorothy Provine as Emeline Marcus-Finch
- Ethel Merman as Mrs. Marcus
- Groucho Marx as Mr. Marcus
- Dick Shawn as Sylvester Marcus
- Bing Crosby as Chuckie Marcus
- Bob Hope as Tommy Marcus
- Spencer Tracy as Captain T.G. Culpepper
- Jack Benny as Daniel Gromple
- The Three Stooges as The Guilsons
- Stan Laurel as Edward Wilder
- Oliver Hardy as Timmy Wilder
- Terry Thomas as Lt. Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne
- James Robertson Justice as Thomas Hawthorne
- Jerry Lewis as Ludwig Dumbella
- Phil Silvers as Otto Meyer
- Lou Costello as Peter Meyer
- Bud Abbott as Jerry Meyer
- Dean Martin as Stanley Winters
- Ernie Kovacs as Jacky Driscoll
- Zero Mostel as Garfield Rockefeller
- Jim Backus as Tyler Fitzgeralds
- Art Carney as
- Jack Gilford as
- Paul Ford as Col. Wilberforce
- Barrie Chase as
- Michael Crawford as Oglington Fartworthy
- Tim Conway as Mike Sclomper
- Don Knotts as Robin Sclomper
- Peter Falk as a Cab Driver
- Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as a Cab Driver
- Leo Gorcey as a Cab Driver
- David Gorcey as a Cab Driver
- Billy Halop as a Cab Driver
- Bobby Jordan as a Cab Driver
- Huntz Hall as a Cab Driver
- Bernard Punsly as a Cab Driver
- Stanley Clements as a Cab Driver
- Alan Arkin as a Cab Driver
- Nancy Walker as a Cab Driver
- Cloris Leachman as a Cab Driver
- Lucille Ball as a Cab Driver
- Phyllis Diller as a Cab Driver
- Martha Raye as a Cab Driver
- Joan Davis as a Cab Driver
- Chester Conklin as a Cab Driver
- Joe Besser as a Cab Driver
- Shemp Howard as a Cab Driver
- Nick Stewart as a Cab Driver
- Dudley Dickerson as a Cab Driver
- Moms Mabley as a Cab Driver
- Ethel Waters as a Cab Driver
- Butterfly McQueen as a Cab Driver
- Stepin Fetchit as a Cab Driver
- Carol Burnett as a Cab Driver
- Jack Weston as a Cab Driver
- Ernest Borgnine as a Cab Driver
- Jerry Orbach as Cab Driver
- Buster Keaton as Smiler Grogan
- Jimmy Durante as Frowner Grogan
- Sterling Holloway as Santa Rosita Fire Department Fire Captain
- TBA as Santa Rosita Fire Department Driver
- Selma Diamond as Ginger Culpepper
- Louise Glenn as Billie Sue Culpepper
- Phil Arnold as Gas Pump attendant
Animated Opening Credits
Distinguished by the largest number of stars to appear in a Film Comedy and the unique brand of Madcap Humor, Mad World opened to acclaim from many Critics and Audiences and tremendous Box Office receipts, becoming the highest Grossing American film of 1963, quickly establishing itself as one of the top 100 highest-grossing Films of all time when adjusted for inflation. The New York Times calls it a "Classic Comedy of all time".
The Film was Re-Released on August 5, 1994 at the Indian Hills Theater, the same day and year The Little Rascals was released. Siskel and Ebert gave the Film "Two Thumbs Up". The Film currently has a Perfect 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ludwig Bemelmans wrote various Trailers to advertise Mad World.
Narrator: A United Airlines Jet lands in Los Angeles. Launching the biggest Entertainment Airlift in Motion Picture History. The World's press, 500 Newsmen and Newswomen from all over the Continent, arrive for the Hollywood Premiere of Stanley Kramer's....
Narrator:And so begins the Maddest, Wildest, Zaniest Chase ever filmed, as our merry makers race across country by land, by sea, by air. For somewhere, there's a fortune in Buried Treasure. Which one of our Mad World Comedy Stars will be the first to reach it?