This movie defined comedy at it's best, I remember watching this with my dad when I was younger and laughing my head off. Now I am 25 years old and I have my own copy and still am laughing pretty hard. This hilarious movie has some of the greatest comedians and actors ever to appear on screen all in one big movie. Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar,Buddy Hackett to name just a few. These were the classic actors, actors that really loved their jobs and showed it.
The story follows 14 ordinary people living their ordinary lives, one day 8 of them witness a man going crazy on the road and driving himself off a cliff. In the words of the dying man 5 of them hear "It's under a big W" and the dying man claims $350,000 is buried under it. What they don't know is that the dying man is a thief and the loot that is buried is from all his robberies. Then all of the sudden these people go mad and race to uncover the cash, every man and woman for himself and herself. Meanwhile, the police are hot on their tails witnessing just how "Mad" these people really are.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a chase comedy, each of the 14 people involved goes through a horrible yet hilarious experience to get to the buried loot. The characters are a wimpy man J. Russell Finch, his down to earth wife Emeline Marcus Finch, A know it all dentist Melville Crump, His overprotective wife Monica Crump, A short feisty man named Ding Bell and his friend Benjy Benjamin, The bossy and sassy mother of Emeline and mother in law of Russell Mrs. Marcus, a strong stubborn truck driver named Lennie Pike, A crook and smooth talker named Otto Meyer, A Talkative and annoying English man named J. Algernon Hawthorne, a Mama's boy and son, brother, and brother in law Sylvester Marcus, and a crooked dirty cop named Captain T.G. Culpepper.
All of these ordinary people have dangerous, life threatening experiences yet to the audience these experiences are outrageously hilarious as they try to get to their precious money.
A lot of people say this movie is not so funny, and overly slapstick. But what they don't realize is this movie was one of the greatest comedies of all. Plus this comedy is very clean, no swearing, there are two scenes where a woman is dancing in a swimsuit and bikini though it is only shown twice and for small moments. All in all it's a clean comedy and very funny, what I don't understand is why do comedies today have all the filth in them, to me that doesn't make it funny. If your in the right mood, you will laugh with this movie.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a classic, nothing will ever come close to it. They did do a movie called "Rat Race" that is like this, but I have not seen it yet.
10/10 stars for "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World."