It’s Really Not a Very Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny Movie

IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD 2This month marks the golden anniversary of the release of director Stanley Kramer’s Cinerama “comedy to end all comedies,” It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. With a starring cast that reads like a Hollywood Laughmakers Hall of Fame (Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, and Jonathan Winters, to name just a few) and a slew of cameos from just about everyone else since the days of Mack Sennett, the slapstick spectacle premiered in mid-November of 1963, just days before the assassination of President Kennedy (an unfortunate circumstance which may have actually helped it at the box office, as grief-stricken audiences looked for something to cheer them up). The film would ultimately go on to become one of 1963-64′s biggest moneymakers and take in over $20,000,000–which, adjusted for inflation, would be…a lot of money. It also picked up six Academy Award nominations along the way, winning only in the Best Sound Effects competition. Over the decades It’s a Mad Mad, etc. has garnered a cult reputation, its own Facebook page and legions of devoted fans, and this coming January it will come out in a special Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD combo. With all that going for it, however, I can’t say that the picture totally lives up to its reputation.  

For the uninitiated, the basic plot is this: four previously unconnected carloads of people along a California desert road come to the aid of another driver who sped past them and crashed his car down a cliff. Five of the strangers (Berle, Caesar, Hackett, Rooney, Winters) climb down the embankment to tend to the dying speeder, ex-gangster Jimmy Durante. Durante tells them that $350,000 in cash (which, adjusted for inflation, would…also be a lot of money) from one of his jobs is buried in Santa Rosita State Park, “under a big W,” just before he literally kicks the bucket. Returning to their own vehicles–where Caesar’s wife (Edie Adams) and Berle’s spouse and mother-in law (Dorothy Provine and Ethel Merman, respectively) are waiting–the group talks about splitting the money between them before greed ultimately takes over, sending them and several folks they encounter along the way (con man Silvers, British tourist Terry-Thomas, Merman’s beach bum son Dick Shawn, and cabbies Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and Peter Falk) on a madcap dash to the park and the mysterious “big W.” Meanwhile, veteran Santa Rosita police captain Tracy, on the eve of retirement, has his department keeping a close eye on the whole gang, waiting for them to lead him to the hidden loot. But with domestic problems and a meager pension awaiting him, does Tracy has his own plans for the money once it’s found?   

IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD 3Around this simple storyline Kramer and writers William and Tania Rose managed to fill up the screen with a veritable smorgasbord of highway chases, car crashes, airplane smahes, hardware store explosions, gas station demolition, and a final pursuit inside an abandoned building (the film used half the membership of Hollywood’s Stuntman Association during its production). Even with the array of funnymen–and a few funny women–before the camera, jokes and dialogue often take a back seat to sight gags and over-the-top mayhem; It’s said that when the lead actors were shown the effects shots and second unit footage already shot, one quipped, “Why do you need us?” While several of  these moments do stand out–Hackett and Rooney flying a plane through a roadside billboard and an open airport hangar, an enraged Winters single-handedly destroying the service station owned by siblings Marvin Kaplan and Arnold Stang, and the chase onto a dangerously overloaded fire escape–a little bit of the chaos goes a long way.

And speaking of those funny women:  they get precious few chances to be funny here. There’s little for Adams to do but tag along with hubby Caesar (a role which was originally planned for Adams’ real-life spouse Ernie Kovacs, who was killed in an auto accident in early 1962); Provine, whose long-suffering character is the only one not caught up in the search for the money, only has one good scene, an encounter at the park with Tracy; and Merman is an loudly annoying one-note harridan there basically to be the “fall gal” in the closing scene. (Fun Fact: Merman’s part, it’s alleged, was originally planned for Groucho Marx, as Berle’s father-in-law, but he’s said to have wanted too much money. Marx would make his film farewell a few years later in another all-star caper comedy, Otto Preminger’s disastrous Skidoo.) The rest of the female cast members are relegated to cameo status or voice work; one wonders if Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Phyllis Diller, Jayne Masnfield or other contemporary comediennes were considered.

As for the male stars, the interactions between pals Rooney and Hackett and enemies Winters and Silvers (who left Winters tied up at the aforementioned gas station) offer some pleasant diversion, but the true standout is Shawn’s beat-talking mama’s boy Sylvester. The remainder of the leading men are adequate given that they’re basically reacting to the wild proceedings around them. When it comes to the heralded cameos, most are of the “blink-and-you-miss-them” variety: motorists Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis, sheriff Andy Devine, bystander Joe E. Brown, and garage owner Buster Keaton (who was the first choice to play gangster “Smiler” Grogan before his ex-MGM co-star Durante replaced him, and whose scene with Tracy that would have established the pair’s connection was cut from the final theatrical print). The most sublime example of these cameos, however, is the single, three-second-or-so shot of The Three Stooges as airport firemen. When I first saw the movie on TV as a child, I was annoyed that Moe, Larry and Curly Joe got to do nothing but pose at the ready with their equipment, but now I kind of like the idea that the all the boys have to do is stand there to suggest that something was about to go wrong.  

IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD 4With It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Kramer attempted to do for movie comedy what Grand Hotel did for drama and Around the World in 80 Days did for adventure. The finished picture does indeed more closely resemble the latter, as you watch the dizzying goings-on and Southern California scenery (Ernest Lazlo’s Oscar-nominated cinematography must have been a wonder to see on a giant Cinerama screen) while your brain tries to play catch-up as the faces of Joe E. Brown, William Demarest, Edward Everett Horton, Don Knotts, ZaSu Pitts and the like fly by. And there are more laughs to be had here than in such similarly-themed genre entries as Blake Edwards’ The Great Race or Neil Simon’s Murder by Death…or, for that matter, such unabashed rip-offs as Million Dollar Mystery (a film that, fittingly, was made in conjunction with a garbage bag manufacturer) and Rat Race. I just wish that, given the movie’s two-and-a-half-hour to three-hour-plus running time (depending upon the print), there were more of them.

Oh, and by the way, don’t bother going out to Santa Rosita State Park looking for that “big W. The park is fictitious and the natural phenomenon which made up the “W” no longer exists. 

  • Camille LaGuire

    I always figured a year or two later Norman Jewison did the big cast comedy right with The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming – depending on character actors rather than comics and stars.

    • Jeffry Heise

      I think RUSSIANS works better because there aren’t quite so many characters and the story is confined to one small island. There are parts of IAMMMMW that still work, and Phil Silvers character always struck me as the funniest (I love the way he licks his lips and smiles that killer smile when Winters tells him what is happening) with Tracy doing his best to keep things from flying off into the stratosphere. The film does deserve the special treatment for Blu-Ray, but I hope we someday get 1941 on Blu-Ray.

      • kabakov keats

        I’ve seen MAD WORLD exactly once. I’ve seen RUSSIANS about 50 times. Jonathan Winters is good in both. Actually, RUSSIANS does have lots of characters but the excellence of the running gags make all the difference.
        I’d love to see US directors attempt to remake not this movie, but the APPROACH of it, the technique. Maybe the last similarly great comedy in this styles was A FISH CALLED WANDA. As for today’s American comedies? Cookie cutter derivative bargain basement crap with all the highlights already in the trailers. In mind RUSSIANS is the best film of 1966, slightly ahead of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.

        • Jeffry Heise

          Lots of good points-will have to watch the Jewison film again (it’s been years) soon.

  • mike

    It was a wonderful movie with all the great comics! I must have watched it 30 times and I still find quips I missed before.

  • movie fan

    this is 1 of the funniest movies made next 2 1941 and great race what mors do u want

    • Bruce Reber

      Steven Spielberg’s “1941″ was a victim of bad timing – it was released just after the American hostages were taken in Iran in late 1979. I have never seen “1941″, but I found it strange (and in bad taste) that Spielberg would make (ostensibly) a comedy out of one of the most infamous events in our nation’s history, the 12/7/41 bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, precipitating U.S. entry into WW2. IMO his very worst movie.

  • IrishGuy731

    I was lucky enough to see it in Cinerama in early 1964. For me, it never gets old, and Ethel Merman was a standout!!

  • John

    One of the most cleverly done comedies done with so many stars each having a special way of providing the different types of humor, such as slapstick, dialogue delivery, facial expressions, etc., all of which added up to many, many scenes of hearty laughter.

  • David

    I agree that the movie should have been funnier than it is, but I still enjoy the film. I also think Ethel Merman’s performance is very funny. You are incorrect, however, about the awards won. While the film did receive six Academy Award nominations, it won only one — for sound effects. The cinematography (color) Oscar went to Cleopatra while the Sound Oscar went to How the West Was Won.

    • Gary Cahall

      Thanks for the comment, David, and for catching my goof in the Oscar count. Frankly, I think if IAMMMMW won in any category it should have been for Ernest Lazlo’s cinematography.

    • Bruce Reber

      One of my favorite IAMMMMW scenes – Merman in the back seat proclaiming “Nobody’s gonna get me up in the air!” just before Jonathan Winters rearends them with his truck, sending her somersaulting with her legs sticking up in the air!

  • Lloyd Chesney

    Couldn’t disagree more. One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The cameos added to the fun. Saw it in every configuration.

  • Butch Knouse

    Why consider other women? Dorothy Provine and Edie Adams were both smokin’ hot in that movie. And I’m a huge fan of both Day and Arden.

  • Gary Clure

    “It’s a bike for a little girl!”

    • Randy

      Ha Ha !! yes ! See my comment above

  • Doctor Doom

    I have this one in my collection and have watched it many times and I think the movie works for laughs. I can’t stand with Gary on the assertion the movie doesn’t live up to it’s reputation. It always has had a take it or leave it deal.

  • C.J. Gelfand

    I love Stanley Kubrick, but he sure came up with a bomb in this case. I remember seeing it when it first came out, and after two hours, all I could say was, huh?

    • flo

      It was Stanley Kramer, not Kubrick

      • RobThr

        Interestingly, though, both Stanleys’ comedies (Dr. Strangelove and Mad World) both seem to have a pretty dark, even cruel, take on the world, no? And just a few months apart in terms of release dates.

        • Bruce Reber

          Just two months apart – IAMMMMW in November ’63 and DSOHILTSWALTB in January ’64.

    • Jan

      I agree. One of the most boring waste of time movies I ever tried to sit through. (I only made it about 45 minutes)

  • tone26

    dick shawn-one of the funniest men of all time.he died much too soon.

    • Bruce Reber

      His portrayal of surf bum Sylvester is an absolute riot! He and his girlfriend dancing to the Shirelles’ singing “31 Flavors”, and when he gets the phone call from his mom (Ethel Merman) trying to explain about the 350 grand – that scene gives me a huge belly laugh every time! His best line – “Did ya all HEAR what mama said?!”

      • Gary Clure

        I loved DIck Shawn in that movie!

  • Bill Olson

    Yes, this movie is funny. End of discussion.

  • Richy

    I thought it was boring and couldn’t believe the amount of talent that was stuck in this. However, I saw it with an Army buddy who was one of those guys who slaps the other guy’s knee when he laughs. I came out of there black and blue so I guess he thought it was funny

  • Debbie

    I can’t stand these kinds of movies so I didn’t think it was remotely funny.

  • n.debrabant

    “the natural phenomenon which made up the “W” no longer exists. ” What happen to it? I saw it on an episode of Remington Steele once.

    • Gary Cahall

      I didn’t want to say too much about about what the “Big W” was, n.debrabant, so as not to give anything away. Let’s just say that the four “components” came down between the early 1990s and the mid-2000s. The “park” is actually a private estate in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and off limits to the general public, according to Wikipedia and other sources.

  • Huskertom

    As a fan of slapstick and silliness in comedies, this is my favorite. While so many stars were in it, my grandkids love the movie too, without having any clue who these people are.

  • rob

    This is a classic. Dick Shawn alone is worth the price.

    • Working Man

      agreed

  • Matt

    My all time favorite movie since I was a kid!!!

  • Working Man

    One of my favorite movies…I saw it in the theater as I recall…pure comedy heaven

  • Jo

    I never have been able to get into this movie and did not find it that funny regardless of how many stars and comedians that had in it. Funny to me was Blazing Saddles.

  • williamsommerwerck

    A big, fat “No!” It’s not particularly funny. Putting funny people in a movie does not make the movie funny — qv, all the Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg duds.

  • I am fuzzy

    Outrageously funny, my all time favorite comedy, I have it on tape. Ben Blue flying a bi-plane slower than hyway traffic, the Beech flying through a “thin” billboard, which by the way almost didn’t make it back to the airport, really, and San Diego sites rememberances from old Navy days.

    • Bruce Reber

      The beech made it back to the airport OK, but Hackett and Rooney crashed it right into the window of the dining room, sending glass flying and diners running for cover – another one of my favorite IAMMMMW moments!

  • RobThr

    In the last 10 years I saw IAMMMMW twice at home, by myself or with a friend, and sort of just stared at it. Over that same time I saw it twice in Cinerama at LA’s Arclight Cinema in the middle of a packed house, and both I and the audience were in convulsions. I am convinced that this is one of those comedies which works beautifully with a crowd around, but not at all when one is by oneself. Two others that in my experience work the same way are “The Nutty Professor” (Jerry Lewis version) and “The Producers” (Zero Mostel version). On the other hand, “Airplane!” and “Blazing Saddles,” to name two, seem to me to get big laughs whether you’re alone or in a crowd. Doesn’t make them better or worse…just different.

  • JoAnne McMaster

    It has its moments, but I found a lot of it wasn’t funny. I liked the scene with Sid Caesar and Edie Adams in the basement, because Sid could do slapstick well. But Spencer Tracy (great actor that he obviously is), was miscast in this movie and just seemed out of place through the entire thing. Also, with the stellar career he had, to think of him as a thief? It just didn’t ring true…

  • Grandhomer

    I remember seeing IAMMMMW on the big Cinerama screen way, way back in 1963. My sister-in law and I laughed all the way through the film and all the way out of the theater. It’s my best movie memory of all time! When it first came out on VHS, I raced to the video store ( are there any left?) and bought a copy. I took it home and showed it to my children; they enjoyed it immensely! Years later, we still quote lines to each other! Hopefully the Criterion Collection will the deleted scenes back in! Oh yes, when she’s old enough, my granddaughter will be treated to a special showing!

  • IceStormer

    Saw it at the Cooper Cinerama in Denver when it came out. Thought it was hilarious. Saw it again during it’s 2nd run in a small town theatre with standard format screen. Still funny as all get out. Bought the tape when it came out. Loved it. Bought the widescreen dvd when it came out. Still loved it. Will buy the blu-ray when it comes out.

    Comedy is different for everyone. What some find hilarious, others find appalling. To each its own.

    Also, IIRC, at least one of the 4 palm trees making up the ‘W’ succumbed to a storm, the remaining trees died of natural old age causes or had to be removed because they presented a danger to passers-by.

  • SHELDON

    “Grandmother” echols my sentiments exactly. I own a DVD of the movie but I watch it every time it comes on the TV and laugh at the same jokes. It’s never gets old. LOL :-)

  • Mike G

    I saw it in Cinerama when it was released, and a couple of times after – in theaters. Own the tape, own the DVD. Watch it whenever I can, by myself or with friends, kids or grandkids. LMAO every time, and so do those who watch with me. Strangely, Dick Shawn’s character rubs me the wrong way.

    • Lorraine M.

      I thought Shawn was funny (and even funnier in the original version of “The Producers”), but I take your point–I think he was something of an acquired taste.

  • James Howard

    I laughed until my stomach hurt when I saw that movie and still do. However, the thing that made MMW funny was seeing all of the familiar stars in different settings. I showed it to my kids who did know Sid Ceaser, Jonathan Winters et al and they never laughed.

  • Louis Harrison

    Wow. I thought I was the only one who did not like this movie when I saw it at a Cinerama theatre fifty years ago in Houston. The audience was convulsed and I was sitting there with a stone face like Buster Keaton. Writing, acting, structure all left me cold. [And lest I'm accused of having no sense of humor, I also saw 'Dr. Stangelove' that fall and found it hilarious; still do.]

    I lived in Beaumont, TX at the time, some 90+ miles away from Houston, and my family drove to the metropolis to see the picture on the giant screen. We temporarily got lost on the way to the theatre and found ourselves somewhere on an almost deserted residential street where my father, completely frustrated by that time, rolled down the car window and shouted out to a toddler in front of a house, ‘Hey, kid, where’s the big show?’ To me, that was the comic high point of the day.

    • Ron McNamara

      Good for you, Louis! I found that “It’s a Mad World” a total waste of time and completely unfunny………..and adored then and still “Dr. Strangelove”! Great minds think alike! From Texas to Sydney Australia even!

  • billyboy53

    Well, I like this movie, especially as a showcase for many actors and comedians I loved. But I can name many, many funnier movies, among them “Moonstruck” and “Birdcage” and “Ninotchka”.

  • Bruce Reber

    Almost all of the major stars of IAMMMMW had their own TV shows – i.e. Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Dorothy Provine, Edie Adams, Mickey Rooney – either variety shows or sitcoms.

  • Lorraine M.

    I’m not sure your assessment is fair–after all audiences’ tastes change as over time the culture changes. I’m sure in 1963 this movie was a laugh riot. These days, it’s more amusing than falling down funny, because the jokes and sight gags that were fresh fifty years ago are dated now; we’ve since had Richard Pryor and George Carlin to redefine humor.
    That said, I still get a kick out of Caesar’s deadpan explanation to a mystified Falk about his and wife’s Adams’s disheveled appearance after they’ve fled an irate Everett Horton and his demolished hardware store: “We fell into yellow.”
    Then there’s air traffic controller Jesse White’s priceless deadpan suggestion as to how best to solve the problem of Hackett and Rooney’s runaway airplane: “Why don’t we just shoot them down and be done with it?”
    Phil Silvers stole every scene he was in–even when up against the formidable Jonathan Winters–and I would love to have seen more of the very funny Don Knotts, the impressionable patsy whose car Silvers makes off with.
    I do agree that some of the cameos were unsatisfying–Jerry Lewis as a demented motorist who deliberately runs over police chief Spencer Tracy’s hat; a mere few seconds of the wonderful Jack Benny, who makes the mistake of offering the shrewish Merman a lift; and witty satirist Stan Freberg reduced to silently filing or answering phones or whatever he was doing in the background at the police station–though I understand there were comics who begged Kramer to put them in the movie, if only for a walk-through appearance (many of whom were also admirers of the ailing Tracy).
    Still, whatever its faults, the movie is wacky fun bursting with an iconic roster of talent the likes of which you never see anymore. I’d much rather spend a Saturday afternoon with it than most of the raunchy, expletive-laden comedies of today.

    • Bruce Reber

      Allow me to correct you on two of your observations 1-when Caesar and Adams finally blast their way out of the hardware store (via a Chinese laundry), they approach cabbie Peter Falk, who after giving them a what for after interrupting his phone conversation asks “What happened to you, was you in some kind of initiation?” 2-when Benny pulls up in his famous Maxwell, he asks if he can help, and Merman retorts “We’re fine, and we don’t need any help from you!”, after which he says “Well!” and drives off.

  • Michael

    I have the movie on dvd and will still stop and watch it on TCM when it comes on and laugh. I swear that I still catch new things that delight me. Edward Everett Horton “Vandals – Visigoths!” I used to run a camp kitchen during the summer and I was playing the soundtrack from the movie in the kitchen and there were about a dozen teens in the dining hall prepping the chairs and table when a tall teen said – I know this music – I love this movie! Turned out that 3/ 4s of the kids knew and started to quote there favorite lines and sc
    enes from the movie. Comedy is eternal!

  • rapalmi

    Now, I enjoy WORLD whenever I see it, but there’s another similarly themed movie called MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY, which was released in the early 80s. It was the last feature film directed by the greatly underrated Richard Fleischer, and it shows just what a great director can do. Fleischer had never directed a wild slapstick comedy (but did wonders with just about every other genre prior to this), yet he turned out one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen with no stars and a tiny fraction of WORLD’s budget. It has as many laughs as WORLD, though it has only half the running time. Where WORLD is slow and languid (it’s a good languid, I admit), Fleischer’s film is tight and fast-paced. An obscure gem that needs to be rediscovered. Criterion should spruce it up and add it as a bonus to their WORLD edition (which I plan to buy).

  • lovestorun

    This movie is a laugh riot. I’ve shown it to young kids who laughed through the entire movie. The scene where Jonathan Winters tears down the gas station was my favorite scene.

    • Randy

      It has been many years since I saw this film – but I remember the scene where Jonathan winters balks at riding “a girly’s bike” . Maybe just a subtle, throw-away one-liner but one that stays with me as funny and memorable.

  • Antone

    Kramer, as usual, gave us too much of a sometimes good thing. He could create good scenes, but was less successful in deciding which scenes moved the story along and which were dead weight. With fewer characters and half the length this could have been a good movie.

    I would rather watch Laurel & Hardy’s The Music Box several times in three hours than this once.

  • hupto

    Overlooking the ream of factual errors in this piece (Kovacs died well before casting began, Groucho’s “casting” was a joke in one of his letters that later went “viral,” Keaton’s additional scene was in the roadshow version and was later deleted, etc.), it’s clear the author has never seen this film in a theatre with an audience. Like NAPOLEON and HOW THE WEST WAS WON, MAD WORLD is one of those films that suffers mightily on TV, without the enormity of the screen and the gales of joyous laughter and applause surrounding you. (Would you appraise a piece of art by looking at a photograph of it?) Even the upcoming Criterion edition (which–full disclosure–I participated in) should be seen as a souvenir of something you saw and enjoyed in a theatre. MAD WORLD is a unique and timeless masterpiece that has not only survived but prospered in the ensuing years. If you don’t like it, fine, but present that as an opinion, not gospel.

    • Gary Cahall

      Actually, hupto, I did see IAMMMMW in a theatre in college, at the local rep cinema. While it wasn’t Cinerama it was nice to see it on the big screen, and yes, the audience did laugh at it (as did I). Then again, I saw Mars Attacks! in a theatre, and people laughed at that. As to my factual errors, I didn’t say that Kovacs was cast as Melville Crump, only that the role was planned with him in mind before his death; the Groucho Marx casting could certainly be a viral prank based on an old Groucho note, but I found little evidence for that in various sources, for that that’s worth (I’d always figured he and Harpo didn’t want to appear due to the death of brother Chico in ’61); and if the missing Keaton footage was in later theatrical showings, it’s all the more a shame that it’s lost now. Finally, when I write that November was the 50th anniversary of the film’s premiere, that’s a fact. When I write “I can’t say” and “I just wish,” that is opinion.

  • mike

    I disagree with the author/critic; this is a very funny and extraordinary movie. But then again I don’t really care what critics say, I just like what I like. It is only their opinion and I honestly don’t care about opinions.

  • COJV8345

    I love the movie. I have the extended Laser Disk version and I cannot wait until the Criterion Blu-Ray is released.

  • sandy

    I agree with mike. I don’t care that much for what critics say. I just love the movie. I have it on DVD and have watched it many times. It’s hilarious.

  • Mike

    Simply the funniest movie of all time!

  • Bruce Reber

    If you find yourself unable to laugh at IAMMMMW, then you’d better check your pulse because chances are you’re very, very, very, very dead!!!!

  • classicsforever

    What a great, great comedy! Loaded with talent all the way around. Two things make it so special. First, REAL comedians who understood REAL comedy and were so naturally funny. Second, there are many stories within the story. This format leaves plenty of room for an abundance of hilarity. It is, without a doubt, a comedy masterpiece.

  • Wayne DeRush

    This is a classic time in history when growing up in these times you had no cellphones and no computers. We used our imagination to create our own fun. Things were funny without swearing as a means t o get your attention. Every thing was not handed to you on a silver platter. The comedy was pure genius. All these actors were at the top of there game. They were the best of the best and it showed.Pure comedy. Any one that didn’t like this movie has all their taste in their mouth.

  • Michael Fox

    Several years ago I was asked to perform a wedding ceremony for a couple at a private residence in the area of Palos Verdes, I believe, in Los Angeles. I walked into the walled back yard and was delighted to see the remaining three of the four palm trees that formed the “W.” The wedding was conducted underneath the three palms. A memorable experience for an old movie lover.

  • Butch Knouse

    Lots of good slapstick plus Dorothy Provine and Edie Adams in their smokin’ hot prime. Four stars.

  • Cara

    I’m not dead, and I have a treasured list of movies that I consider truly funny, Soapdish and My Favorite Year being two of them. I did not, however, find IAMMMMW funny, either the first time I saw it or on the infrequent times I’ve passed by a TCM showing and lingered to see if I’d missed a laugh. The movie tries so hard and re-uses every known sight gag, but I don’t think Kramer knew how to make a funny movie, and this one wasn’t. Funny, that is. I don’t like The Three Stooges either, so if you’re a Three Stooges fan and loved IAMMMMW, you’re not dead, we just live in different worlds.

    P.S. I LOVE Monty Python.

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