The Front Row View: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


What better way to spend April Fool’s Day than watching a bunch of fools? Namely an all-star cast playing a bunch of fools looking for a suitcase full of money….buried under a Big Dubaya. Stanley Kramer’s 1963 laugh marathon It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World will never win any awards for subtlety, but many who have seen it count it among their favorite movies. Comic legends from yesteryear go on a mad dash to find the loot before everyone else. What a cast!. Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers and that Human Screech Machine known as Ethel Merman. Dick Shawn screaming for his “Mama!” Memorable cameos from Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and far too many others to mention. If you’re looking for cinematic art, watch Citizen Kane or The Seventh Seal. If you want some wonderful, dumb fun, this is the Foolish Ticket!


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