It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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 SturgesSid 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 CaesarAlan 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.


Principal Cast

Supporting Cast


Inspired by the success of Something a Little Less Serious, William Rose and his wife Tania decide to create another Slapstick Car Chase Comedy.

The Film's Theme Music of the same name was written by Harry Warren and Leroy Shield with Lyrics by Mack David and Ludwig Bemelmans. The Score was composed by Ernest Gold and Marvin Hamlisch.


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.

Theatrical Trailer

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?

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