Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (on DVD)

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World [DVD Mad]

One of the most bizarre comedy movies ever filmed. This 1963 chase flick featured a virtual “who’s who” of film and TV comedy at the time it was made. Spencer Tracy is ostensibly the lead, as a dogged police chief, who thinks the death of a career criminal may bring closure to a case he’s worked on for decades. That criminal, before dying, gives clues to where he buried $350,000 in ill-gotten loot, to a variety of unrelated good samaritans who attempt to assist him when he fatally wrecks his car. All of those passersby soon end up in a helter skelter race to get to the buried loot. The main players are all comedy legends (Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett and Milton Berle), but the star parade doesn’t stop there. Scattered throughout the film as cameos by dozens of other comic actors — from Stan Freberg, Carl Reiner and Jesse White, to Andy Devine, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis and The Three Stooges. The plot of this madcap farce doesn’t really make a difference, the reason you watch it is for all the comic actors to pop up!

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on Wikipedia ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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