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MOVIE REVIEW | It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “There’s slapstick, there’s wordplay, there’s parody, there’s sketch comedy. Mad World throws every classic comedy trick at the wall, and it’s surprising just how much sticks.”

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“Now look, let’s be sensible about this thing. There’s money in this for all of us. Right?”

A few years ago, Silvester Stallone assembled a shit load of 80s and early 90s action heroes, plus a few young bucks, to make the ultimate throwback 80s action movie. It was a sizeable hit and lead to two sequels with more inevitably on the way. I always thought the idea was interesting, but never bothered watching a single movie from the Expendables franchise. More than half a century ago, director Stanley Kramer got a dozen or so classic Hollywood and comedy legends together to make a make a whacky, highway comedy. What I’m saying is, am I the first person to ever compare The Expendables to It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?


A car careens down a twisted highway in the California desert. When it flies off the road and crashes in a horrible wreck, several groups of passers by stop to help. What they discover is the car’s driver (Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan) about to die from terrible injuries. But before he does, he lets them know about $350,000 in stolen cash, buried in park near the Mexican border, under a big W. Almost immediately, the passers by begin to argue and scheme about how they money should be split if and when they find it. Eventually they settle on an every man for himself approach. (more…)