It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963): The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find treasure.
Directed by Stanley Kramer
I saw this movie 20 times and I still laugh a lot. These are the comedians I grew to love over the years. They Pack them all into this movie which at first I didn’t think it would be funny. Boy did I change my mine. Maybe the younger folks would not understand the clean humor they used . Today’s comedians with their jokes are disgusting and very limited to the human anatomy. Ugly . Don’t miss this movie. Record it. I’ll be watching again.
This movie used to be broadcast on local NYC TV and I saw it as a kid several times and maybe even once or twice as an adult. It really is a classic and so is a good choice for Reel 13. Without commercial interruptions it will be even better. It’s a great ensemble but I recall finding Buddy Hackett particularly funny.
Being born in 1961 I remember seeing this a few times on tv while growing up. It is on my personal list of favourite movies. Look forward to popping some corn and watching it with my daughters this Saturday. Great way to start the year Reel 13! (Nassau, Bahamas)
From Jimmy Durante kicking the bucket through Jonathan Winter’s rampage at the gas station to Spencer Tracy’s beleaguered police captain who holds the whole chaotic nonsense together, it’s one of the funniest movies ever. I was about 15 when I saw it in the local movie house, and it always makes me feel like a kid again.
I saw this movie on many occasions as a young man, and it still makes me laugh out loud. This collection of actors/comedians were and still is larger than life, (even in death). Great fun and ‘comedy without profanity’, don’t we all miss that!
Definitely one of comedic cinema’s “classic classic’s”. I’ve watched this movie as a child and several times as an adult and I always enjoy it. All the all-time greats: Jonathan Winters, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, the great Phil Silvers, just to name a few. Always takes me to a better place.
For my money, this is clearly “The Best Comedy In Film History” and my personal favorite. What I found facinating is that all of the stand-up comedians in particular were at the peak of their careers at this time in the early 1960’s (Jonathan Winters, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett) and TV’s seasoned comedy pioneers (Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers) balanced the humor throughout the movie; and who can forget those outstanding cameos of the film legends (Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis and The Three Stooges)! The three women were all so awesome! No one can ever match Ethel Merman’s loudness! The best scenes for me were the multiple sequences of everyone in chaos as they are trying to get to the Big W (the airplane, the cellar, the roads), Dick Shawn’s Beatnik Dance with his girlfriend, and of course the firetruck! I would love to have tried Spencer Tracy’s stunt as a boy from a treehouse to a window! It was my absolute favorite.
I remember laughing so hard I became dizzy.
I know you go into overload and even Stanley Kramerm thought he’d overdone it by jamming just about every comedian with the exception of Chaplin into the story. I don’t know if Kramer approached him, but he got every character actor including Jim Backus, Paul Ford, vets of the Bowery Boys, Don Knotts (playing his patented nervous wreck), Peter Falk and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.
I love Mad Mad Mad World! Every time see this movie, its like watching and laughing for the first time. The first time I saw this movie was in the 80’s. I heard my dad laughing so hard at something, I went to see what he had been laughting at and it was Mad Mad Mad World. Alot of comedians, each one was very funny in there own way. Johnathan Winters character was my favorite. He was the under dog no matter what Fil Silvers did to him. I just love this movie. In this time of bad economy we need to laugh as much aswe can. Laughter is very healty. Also, I will be watching Jackie Gleason in Gigout. Thanks Thirteen.
Each time I see this movie I find something new to crack-up about. My favorite scene is Jonathan Winters at the gas station, “So that’s the way it’s gonna be?” Such a simple line…the tires…I can’t write anymore, just thinking about it…I don’t dare think about it before going to sleep at night!
I was in 8th grade when I saw this movie for the first time with my younger brother. I laughed so hard my stomach muscles hurt. I can’t wait to introduce this movie to my grandchildren when they get older.