It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

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  • Comedy
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Originally filmed in Ultra Panavision for showing in Cinerama (subsequent prints were cut to 154 minutes), Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting (everyone has a cameo, from Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante and Jim Backus to Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis and the Three Stooges). There are several great sequences, most of which involve Terry-Thomas, whose image of America as a bosom- and money-fixated society is spot on. It's an epic allegory about greed, centering on a frantic treasure hunt for buried bank loot.

Release details

Duration: 192 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter: William Rose, Tania Rose
Cast: Spencer Tracy
Milton Berle
Sid Caesar
Ethel Merman
Mickey Rooney
Buddy Hackett
Dick Shawn
Phil Silvers
Terry-Thomas
Jonathan Winters
Edie Adams
Peter Falk
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
William Demarest
Jerry Lewis