Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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

Featuring a whole host of stars, this movie certainly lives up to its title - it's utterly crazy. The plot revolves around a race to get at a hidden treasure, with several parties trying to get there first - little knowing that they're walking straight into a trap set by Police Chief Culpepper (Spencer Tracey). Terry Thomas, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers and other swap alliances constantly in an effort to get to the treasure first.  There's more than one surprise once they finally get there, however...

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is really an excuse for a hyper-extended chase scene - some on the ground, some in the air - with loads of slapstick and lots of shouting. I liked the film overall, but found it a little overlong and definitely too reliant on slapstick and simple acts of random chaos for the humour. However I can mainly forgive this because it is still very funny at times, occasionally the dialogue comes to the fore, and with Peter Falk and Dick Shawn stealing the show with their limited screen time (did Dick Shawn ever play a relatively normal character?!?), it's all great fun.  Recommended if you like the likes of The Great Race and suchlike movies from that era.

Peter Falk links:

Movie Review - Penelope (1966)

Terry Thomas links:

Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965)

Dick Shawn links: 

The Producers review (1968 version)

CaptainD - Movie Reviews Blog

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