It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
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If you want to know who the stars of the day were, who were the celebrities on the Strip in Vegas in 1963? This movie covered a whole lot of ’em!
Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, the movie starred Spencer Tracy in his last film as well as an all-star cast who are all in pursuit of the almighty dollar… literally!
The cast features Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and Jonathan Winters and that’s just for starters. Even the Three Stooges make a cameo appearance in the movie.
The film marked the first time Kramer directed a comedy, though he had produced the comedy So This Is New York in 1948. He is best known for producing and directing drama films about social problems, such as The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The movie was huge at the box office and nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for Best Sound Editing, and two Golden Globe Awards.
Despite this, the film suffered severe cuts by its distributor United Artists in order to give the film a shorter running time for its general release. The footage was excised against Kramer’s wishes.
Fast-forward to October 15, 2013: The Criterion Collection had collaborated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists, and film restoration expert Robert A. Harris to reconstruct and restore the movie to be as close as possible to the original 197-minute version envisioned by Kramer.
It was released in a five-disc “Dual Format” Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on January 21, 2014.
The movie cost almost nine and a half million dollars to make and brought in over sixty million dollars… 1963 dollars! Today, that’d be the equivalent of almost five hundred and ten million dollars!
Source: Sal Amato