Usually screwball comedies are fairly simple, straightforward affairs. Not so with 1963’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. To say that the film is packed with stars is a massive understatement. Featuring Milton Berle, Spencer Tracey, Sid Caesar, Andy Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman and more cameos than you can shake a stick at, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a wild and crazy film where pretty much anything and everything can and will happen. It’s hard to think of another film comedy packed with so many stunts.
After witnessing a speeding car flying off a curvey and scenic California road and down an embankment, five men hurry down to help the driver. With his dying breath, the man confesses to the location of $350,000 from a past robbery that is buried in a park. The knowledge of a poential huge amount of money is just too much for the individuals. While the five men originally decide to work together and split the money, it eventual descends into chaos in an every man for himself scenario.
As each car races to get to the money, each are willing to disclose the money secret to other drivers they encounter in the hopes of an advantage over the others. Sheer chaos ensues. What the people don’t know is that the police are watching and keeping track of their every move.
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has surprises at every turn. From the outlandish stunts to the unexpected cameos. But it’s a length film. So lengthy it’s got an intermission. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a classic worth a watch for some chuckles.