It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.

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  • Milton Berle and Terry-Thomas in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Spencer Tracy in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Jonathan Winters and Phil Silvers in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Edie Adams and Sid Caesar in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Jonathan Winters and Phil Silvers in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

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The film was originally titled "Where, But In America?", then later changed to "One Damn Thing After Another", then finally became "It's a Mad World", with writer William Rose and director Stanley Kramer adding additional "Mads" to the title as time progressed. Kramer ... ...


J. Algernon Hawthorne: Jolly nasty accident there. Jolly lucky nobody was hurt.
Mrs. Marcus: Where did you get that funny accent? Are you from Harvard or something?
J. Algernon Hawthorne: Harvard? Rather not. I'm English.
Mrs. Marcus: Sounds so foreign.
J. Algernon Hawthorne: Really?


When the Sgt. is updating Culpepper on the characters' progress, he mentions the pilot of the plane Ben and Dingy are in (Fitzgerald) has been knocked out, and the Rancho Conejo Control Tower is trying to talk Ben and Dingy down. There is no way he could know that.

Crazy Credits

The cast members who are listed "in alphabetical order" are actually listed as such: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and Jonathan Winters.

Then some hands (presumably the characters themselves) move their credit to the top of the list, causing a squabble and shuffle to occur.

The final order is Silvers, Rooney, Berle, Winters, Merman, Hackett, Terry-Thomas, Caesar, and Shawn.

Alternate Versions

had a longer, earlier scene (cut after premiere). In it, Culpepper telephone's Jimmy at his dockside warehouse and discusses his plans to use Jimmy's boat to escape to Mexico with the stolen money.


It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by
Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by an offscreen chorus during the Overture
Variations in the score throughout the film


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime

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