March 7, 2014 5:15 PM

New video: ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’

Best known as Hollywood’s foremost purveyor of social-problem films, like “The Defiant Ones” and “On the Beach,” Kramer sought to create a monument to American slapstick. “Mad World” opens with a gaggle of comedy stars – Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters, as well as Ethel Merman and Edie Adams – clambering out of vehicles to gather around a gangster, Jimmy Durante, whose car has plunged off the road, and hear him mumble his last words. They discover the dying wiseguy was speeding to retrieve a buried fortune. Let the greed games begin!

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