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IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), a crook who stole a large sum from a tuna factory years earlier, is making his break from the police and speeding along a California highway, ultimately crashing his car down a steep, craggy slope. Four vehicles stop to render aid. The first contains J. Russell Finch (Milton Berle), his wife and mother-in-law (Ethel Merman), the second has Melville Crump (Sid Caesar) and his wife, the third holds Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) and Benji Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), and the last contains Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters). The five men descend the slope to look for survivors, finding Smiler near death. Smiler, realizing he is about to die, tells them of a buried treasure ("350 G's!") that's been lying under a big "W" in the Rosita Beach State Park for 15 years. The group tries to come up with a way to divide up the money, and failing that, it's every man for himself!

The trip becomes a madcap, cross-country race to the park. Captain Culpeper (Spencer Tracy) of the Santa Rosita Police Department has the group under surveillance, waiting to see who finds the dough. As they begin to converge on the park, Culpeper tries to swing a deal with the Police Chief for a bonus in solving the case, but when that fails, decides to steal the money for himself.

Filmed in UltraPanavision (Cinerama) and TechniColor.



The role of Irwin the garage mechanic, played by Marvin Kaplan, was originally offered to Joe Besser. Joe was unable to participate when Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas could not give him time off from his costarring role in the television sitcom, THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW.

This filmography's running time of 190 minutes refers to the film's 70mm 1963 premiere in Los Angeles at the Cinerama Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. Its original general release version, and subsequent releases to theaters and home video have resulted in shorter running times.

View the original theatrical trailer at TCM.com

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly Joe
Release Date
November 07, 1963
Studio
United Artists
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
190 min.
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Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2003-09-21 22:35:00 by BeAStooge
Edited 2006-03-23 15:46:01 by shemps#1
At least another 30 minutes of footage is still missing; the roadshow, pre-release version ran over 4 hours. Most significant among the missing footage is the split-screen telephone conversation between Spencer Tracy and Buster Keaton... however, complete audio tapes of that scene were found at a garage sale in Paterson NJ in 2002!

At the 40th Anniversary screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood earlier this year, Karen Kramer (Stanley's widow) implied that a few, new surprises would be announced in the next year or two.

Nothing could be added to make the Stooges' scene better. It may be 5 seconds, but it's perfect... almost sublime in its brevity. What else could go wrong for Mickey and Buddy? Cut, to a brief scene of the Stooges, and a good example of a perfect gag is realised. Quality, not quantity. I've seen the film a few times in a theater with several hundred other people, and the Stooges' scene is among one of the top laugh-getters. And I've heard the same comment from other theater 'experiencers.'

Reportedly, there is another Stooge scene among the still-lost footage. Supposedly, it's a brief longshot of the Stooges clumsily trying to extract themselves from the firetruck as it rolled onto the airport tarmac. HOWEVER, Stanley Kramer could not recall this footage; some who saw the roadshow version have said they remember it. If it exists, it was directed by the 2nd unit, and in all likelihood that means it used stunt actors as the Stooges (which is likely since the in-motion, physical shot would have been more than the Stooges' ages would permit).

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Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2003-09-21 17:18:00 by Mark C Bale
I love this movie, and really liked the laserdisc boxed set which added about 30mins of previously unseen material to the feature. Terry Thomas, Phil Silvers, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Ethel Merman are the best. The cameos were also fun - Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis and the 3 Stooges. I wonder though if the Stooges had any extra footage shot that was (and still is) deleted? Their appearance still seems to be too brief and would have benefited from a sight gag.

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Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2001-11-27 09:51:00 by Giff me dat fill-em!
This film is significant for Stooge fans not for the lack of screen time, slapstick or sight gags by the Stooges, but that they ARE the sight gag. I think that's why the boys agreed to a cameo appearance, they became a parody of themselves.Speaking of slapstick, Milton Berle delivers a beautifully performed "eye-poke" to Terry Thomas in the silly fight scene after Thomas' car overturns. and giff me dose melons!

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Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2001-08-25 02:50:00 by [Deleted Member]
This is an EXCELENT movie! I saw it in a high school class. The person I was perhaps the most surprised to see in the movie was Norman Fell (Mr. Roper on "Three's Company"). Wait, I take that back- I didn't know at the time that the Stooges were in it! Whatta small part though. It makes me mad that we see other guys playing firemen doing plenty of things. But the Stooges? Nooo! All they do is stand in one place for one second, then we never see them again. Oh well.ISLIPP- on the water that should've come out of the Stooges' fire hose. ®2001
Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2001-04-17 00:46:00 by Mike Holme
Great movie even though the stooges have just a cameo appearance as firemen. I loved the performances done by all the other actors like Miltion Berle, Sid Caesar, etc.
Re: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Posted 2001-04-15 00:56:00 by [Deleted Member]
I never really considered this a "Three Stooges movie" because their part was so small. But, it was very good and funny! Speaking of Three Stooges movies, why isn't "Stop, Look, and Laugh" on this website for discussion? That was a classic!

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