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Spencer Tracy heads a hilariously zany cast that stars Hollywood's greatest comedians Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Jonathan Winters and features cameo appearances by every joker and jester in the business from DonKnotts and Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges. Nominated* for 6 OscarsÂr, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is "an explosive motion picture experience" Variety! On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plansand their lives! After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the loot and the most side-splitting laughfest in history.
Stanley Kramer's sprawling 1963 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 Hollywood hasn't made in many years. Another example from around the same time is Blake Edwards's The Great 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 bits 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'd have a place in Airplane! Watch for lots of cameo appearances, including Jerry Lewis who had called Kramer and asked him why he hadn't been invited to participate. --Tom Keogh