It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Synopsis: After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.
Director(s): Stanley Kramer
Production: United Artists
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations.
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205 min

It's a mad, mad, mad...

Live it up

That's right

It's a mad


Did you see it,

the way he went sailing right out there?

- He just went sailing out there.

- It was just terrible.

He must have been doing over 80.

An ambulance...

We ought to call an ambulance.

Look at that car.

He must have gone by you

doing 90 miles an hour.

He was passing me! I never saw

such a crazy thing in my life!

- Let's get down there.

- Let's go.

We're going down there.

Russell, be careful.

Remember your condition.


Boy, the way he just

sailed out there...

Look out.

There's nobody in the car.

- He's right.

- What do you mean, nobody?

There he is.

Holy smoke!

How about that?

This guy's still alive.

He's still alive.

We ought to call an ambulance.

I don't know how he survived, the way

you went sailing right out there.

I'm not a doctor,

but I have some medical experience.

I'm a dentist.

Do you think you're hurt real bad?

Is he kidding?

Hold on, we're gonna get you

to a hospital.

You move me,

I'll break up in little pieces.

But what a deal.

Look, there's this dough, see?


Do you hear what I'm saying?


In the park, in Rosita,

Rosita Beach State Park...

...just south of Dago in Santa Rosita.

It's in this box buried under this...

Buried under this big W.

You'll see it.

You'll see it under this...

under this big W.

You can't miss it, a big... a big W.

And it's been there...

And it's been laying there for 15 years.

He's very sick. He may die.

Listen. I tell you,

I'm giving it to you.

And don't let them kid you.

Don't let them kid you.

Don't let them give you the business

because it was mine and I paid for it...

...paid for every lousy buck of it.

But watch out.

Watch out for the bulls.

Lousy, stinking bulls are everywhere.

Bulls all over the place.

You just drive down and dig it up.

Dig it all up.

And then...

And then you fix yourselves all up.

Fix yourselves all up.

Walk down the street like a king,

back to the old neighborhood.

See the fellas, the dames...

...the dames, all with a big hello...

...a big hello for old Smiler.

Good old Smiler...

...everybody's friend.


- Aunt Belle, I didn't mean to do it!

- Holy mackerel! Take it easy.

Please, say it don't make

any difference, Aunt Belle!

Please, you got to say...

You got to tell me

it don't make any difference!

For heaven's sake, tell him.

It... It don't make any difference.

That guy's dead.

You'd better believe it.

I believe it, all right.

But if he jumps up again,

I'm getting the hell out of here.

- What a routine he went through.

- Somebody ought to cover him up.

What are you looking at?

All I got is this sweater.

I got a blanket in the truck.

Do you think

there was anything in all that?

He was just raving. He flipped.

Hey. This must...

This must be the police.

Think we ought to tell them

what he said?

Don't say anything

or we'll be here all day.

We got to be in Vegas this afternoon.

I got a van of furniture to get to Yuma.

My wife and I are on

our second honeymoon.

My wife's up there with her mother.

We're on our way to Lake Mead.

What's to argue about? Just clam up.

Don't say nothing.

This way, we get out of here.

Are you a police officer?


- How long ago did this happen?

- A few minutes ago.

About five minutes ago.

- Any of you actually see it happen?

- Well, uh...

- He passed me on the curve...

- Did anybody actually see it?

He was passing me

when he sailed right out there.

- Right over there, up there.

- Who was the first down here?

We all went down.

Was he dead?

Was he already dead?

I said, "Was he already dead

when you got down here?"


He was still alive.

Did he say anything?

- Did he say anything before he died?

- What about?

What do you mean, "what about?"

Did he say anything

or didn't he say anything?

- He was raving, Officer.

- Raving? What about?

Well, he said...

What he said was sort of...


What was? Come on.

He thought

that this fellow was his aunt.

- His aunt?

- Yeah. His Aunt Belle.

Must have had an aunt

named Aunt Belle.

All right!

Did he make any kind of statement?

Any last messages?

He didn't make that clear at all.

He didn't make anything clear.

Can we get going?

Just a minute.

I'll get your names

and where you can be reached.

We're on our honeymoon.

We don't know where we'll be.

We can't stick around.

We're due in Las Vegas.

We don't know how long we'll stay there.

I got a van of furniture to get to Yuma

before I get back to...

We stopped to see if we could help.

We was too late. Let us go, okay?

We'll hold services for him later.

We got our lives to live.

- We ain't had breakfast yet.

- All right.

I'll have to get your name, anyway.

Hold it.


- Why?

- In case the coroner wants a statement.

J. Russell Finch,

2790 Penrose Boulevard, Fresno.

I won't be home for a few weeks

but you can get me through my office.

- What'd you say?

- Where is your office?

Pacific Edible Seaweed Company

and it's in Fresno.

- You can call my secretary.

- Ambulance is on its way.


- Is he dead?

- Yeah.

We'd better shift those cars.

They're on the curb.

That's all we can get from this group.

Thank you, gentlemen.



There's an unexpected twist for you.

They're not going to like this

down at Santa Rosita.

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