Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Midpoint Montage


For those of you who haven't seen it...This gotta be the best movie ever made and for those of you actually who 've seen...you surely know what I 'm talking about.....

IT's a mad mad mad mad world


Plot summary forIt's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) More at IMDbPro


After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careers over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.
Blockbuster comedy. Brilliantly simple, the plot concerns a caravan of motorists who witness a terrible accident on a dangerously winding California desert highway. The auto-crash victim, Smiler Grogan, reveals in his dying words that he has hidden a fortune of stolen cash, sending the drivers on a rambunctious race to see who can claim the loot first! Written by filmfactsman
Somewhere in the desert. A car speeds like crazy along the roads. Suddenly, the driver loses control and sails off a cliff. Four other vehicles are near, they stop to help. The dying man narrates the drivers of a fortune in cash, $350,000, which he has hidden below a giant "W" in Santa Rosita, some 200 miles away. The four drivers and their respective passengers can't decide on how to share the future fortune, and suddenly a wild race to Santa Rosita develops. While one party manages to rent a plane (from 1916), the others face different problems like tire damage, untrustworthy lifts, deep water, drunken millionaires, a British adventurer, little girl's bicycles, and last but far not least a mother-in-law from hell and her imbecile son. While the folks slowly travel towards the goal, they are being watched. Who ever said that nobody else knew about the fortune? Written by Julian Reischl

8 comments:

Danny said...

I have seen it and 'Rat Race' which is sort of a remake. Both very funny.

Thom said...

I so loved this movie and do to this day. I'd forgotten about it. When they had ethel merman updside down getting those keys out I died in laughter. Thanks for having us remember this excellent movie :)

Peter (Worldman): said...

I saw that movie a long, long time ago. I have some vague remembering about it.

Nikos said...

One of my favourite films - I was reminded recently of the scene with the biplane that is flying slower than the traffic on the road (highway?) when landing at Frankfurt in a prop plane!

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I concur, one of the best films ever made. Still holds up today against most of the Crap that is released as entertainment.

If you can try to find the copy of the film with the missing footage added back. It makes the film even more enjoyable. It is on the Deluxe Letterbox VHS Double Tape Edition. The DVD has the missing footage but on a separate section in the Special Features Stuff on the DVD

Nikos said...

What's in the "missing footage"?

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ellievellie said...

I've seen the Rat Race, but not this one - sounds like a great comedy!

NG said...

There are lots of extended scenes and additional dialogue which for some reason were edited out.