Stanley Kramer's sprawling 1963 comedy about a search for buried treasure by at least a dozen people--all played by well-known entertainers of their day--is the kind of mass comedy that Hollywood hasn't made in many years. (Another example from around the same time is Blake Edwards's The Great Race.) After a number of strangers (including Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and others) witness a dying stranger (Jimmy Durante) identify the location of hidden money, a conflict-ridden hunt begins, watched over carefully by a suspicious cop (Spencer Tracy). The ensuing two and a half hours of mayhem has its ups and downs--some bits and performers are certainly funnier than others. But Kramer, who is better known for socially conscious, serious cinema (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?), is in a mood for broad comic characterization, and some of his jokes are so intentionally obvious (Durante literally kicks a bucket when he dies), they'd have a place in Airplane! Watch for lots of cameo appearances, including Jerry Lewis (who had called Kramer and asked him why he hadn't been invited to participate). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Watched move 40 years ago with my sister and laughed so hard that our bellies hurt. Had the same effect once again. Thank you Amazon for making our day. 😀Published 1 month ago by angie clark
This is one of my all time favorite comedies . A must see for the younger gen.Published 1 month ago by mad mal
Best comedy of its time and priceless in the amount of laughs it generates even after so many views!Published 10 months ago by Rafail Veli
I saw it in Cinerama when it was first released in 1963. I recently saw it again, and it still fresh, very funny, and a really great 2.5 hours. WOW!!Published 11 months ago by Robert C. Mercier